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startling

adjective uk   /ˈstɑː.tl̩ɪŋ/ us    /ˈstɑːr.t̬l̩ɪŋ/
surprising and sometimes worrying: startling results He made some startling admissions about his past.Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
startlingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
startlingly poor resultsSurprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of startling from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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