What does shocking mean?

Definitions for shocking
ˈʃɒk ɪŋshock·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lurid, shockingadjective

    glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

    "lurid details of the accident"

  2. disgraceful, scandalous, shameful, shockingadjective

    giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation

    "scandalous behavior"; "the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray; "the most shocking book of its time"


  1. shockingadjective

    Inspiring shock; startling

  2. shockingadjective

    Unusually obscene or lewd

  3. shockingadjective

    Extremely bad


  1. shocking

    Shocking refers to something that causes intense surprise, disgust, horror, or offense, often due to it being unexpected or unconventional. It could relate to an event, action, behavior, news, or revelation that departs drastically from normal standards or expectations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shocking

    of Shock

  2. Shockingadjective

    causing to shake or tremble, as by a blow; especially, causing to recoil with horror or disgust; extremely offensive or disgusting

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shocking in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shocking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of shocking in a Sentence

  1. Karma Tshiteem:

    It is surprising and shocking, the attitude is totally inconsistent with Buddhist teachings.

  2. Nate Fleming:

    I’m shocked, angry and a bit embarrassed, to be threatened at gunpoint is shocking, but I am not surprised to have been attacked given the crisis we are facing with carjackings and violence in general in our city. Increasing public safety is at the heart of why I’m running for a citywide Council seat.

  3. Joan Rivers:

    The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    I recognize that there was an attack press release that was put out by a bunch of lobbyists and Democrats attacking me, and I know this is a shocking position for you that a group of lobbyists and Democrats who me say something that is not true.

  5. Nancy Pelosi:

    It is shocking to the American people that Congress refuses to keep guns out of the hands of those on the FBI's terrorist watch list.

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