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English definition of “shocking”

shocking

adjective (VERY BAD)    /ˈʃɒk.ɪŋ/ US  /ˈʃɑː.kɪŋ/ mainly UK informal
extremely bad or unpleasant, or of very low quality: What shocking weather! My memory is shocking.Not of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad shockingly     /-li/ adverb mainly UK informal The service was shockingly bad. The restaurant charges shockingly high prices for its food. Stories of abused and battered children are shockingly familiar.Saddening, shocking and upsettingSurprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upsetNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of shocking adjective (VERY BAD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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