shocking Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"shocking" in British English

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uk   /ˈʃɒk.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈʃɑː.kɪŋ/

shocking adjective (OFFENSIVE)

B1 offensive, ​upsetting, or immoral: The ​sexscenes in the ​book were ​considered very shocking at the ​time when it was ​published. There are few crimes more ​truly shocking than the ​murder or ​abuse of ​children.
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shocking adjective (VERY BAD)

mainly UK informal extremelybad or ​unpleasant, or of very ​lowquality: What shocking ​weather! My ​memory is shocking.

shocking adjective (SURPRISING)

extremelysurprising: The ​news came as a shocking ​blow.
(Definition of shocking from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shocking" in American English

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 us   /ˈʃɑk·ɪŋ/
very ​upsetting or ​surprising: The ​book was ​considered shocking when it was first ​published.
(Definition of shocking from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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