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English definition of “shocking”


adjective (SURPRISING)    /ˈʃɒk.ɪŋ/ US  /ˈʃɑː.kɪŋ/
extremely surprising: The news came as a shocking blow.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset 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 (SURPRISING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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