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"shocking" in British English

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shockingadjective

uk   /ˈʃɒk.ɪŋ/  us   /ˈʃɑː.kɪŋ/
  • shocking adjective (OFFENSIVE)

B1 offensive, upsetting, or immoral: The sex scenes 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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shockingadjective

 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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