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shocking

adjective
 
 
/ˈʃɒkɪŋ/
UPSETTING B1 very surprising and upsetting or immoral: shocking news This report contains scenes that some people may find shocking.Making people sad, shocked and upsetMorally wrong and evilDishonestSurprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
BAD UK very bad: My memory is shocking.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for badBad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for badMaking people sad, shocked and upset
shockingly adverb
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