What does shocking mean?

Definitions for shocking
ˈʃɒk ɪŋshock·ing

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word shocking.

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

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. Max Costa:

    This is a real mess, these levels are shocking.

  2. Philip Luther:

    The Iranian authorities’ prolific use of corporal punishment, including on children, demonstrates a shocking disregard for basic humanity, they should immediately abolish all forms of such punishment, which in Iran includes amputation and blinding as well as flogging.

  3. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron:

    This case is shocking and, in particular, it's truly a case of bad corporate behaviour. When you run a company like this, you see the transaction through to the end.

  4. Laura Carmichael:

    She's trying to find a way to be part of Marigold's life while keeping it from her family, if they find out, it would be shocking and shameful.

  5. Damon Wayans:

    Richard basically blazed a trail for black comedy. He defined what it is, as a young black man he was saying what he felt -- and that was shocking.

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. whirring
    • B. handsome
    • C. suspicious
    • D. victimised

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