Meaning of “shocking” in the English Dictionary

"shocking" in British English

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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.

More examples

  • The city's most shocking statistic is its high infant mortality rate.
  • He gave a very vivid and often shocking account of his time in prison.
  • The motive for this shocking attack seems to be racial hatred.
  • There were some very shocking pictures of the fighting on the news last night.
  • The whole country has been outraged by this most shocking of crimes.

(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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