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English definition of “startling”

startling

adjective     /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     /-li/ adverb startlingly poor results Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
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