Definition of Shocking

1. Adjective. Glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism. "Lurid details of the accident"

Exact synonyms: Lurid
Similar to: Sensational
Derivative terms: Luridness, Luridness



2. Adjective. Giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation. "The most shocking book of its time"
Exact synonyms: Disgraceful, Scandalous, Shameful
Similar to: Immoral
Derivative terms: Scandal, Scandalousness, Shamefulness

Definition of Shocking

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

Definition of Shocking

1. Adjective. Inspiring shock; startling ¹

2. Adjective. Unusually obscene or lewd ¹

3. Adjective. (colloquial) Extremely bad ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of shock) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Shocking

1. shock [v] - See also: shock

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Literary usage of Shocking

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1. The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow: Being Anecdotes of by Rees Howell Gronow, Joseph Grego (1892)
"THE ORIGIN OF "shocking BAD HAT." — At Newmarket, when the Duke of York, ... Then the little man wears a shocking bad hat — a shocking bad hat," rejoined ..."

2. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"The bruises about the head and under part of this infant, and of his sister, were numerous and shocking, and the wool was in some places stripped away from ..."

3. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass (1855)
"In the beginning, he was only able—as he said—" to buy one slave;" and, scandalous and shocking as is the fact, he boasted that he bought her simply " as a ..."

4. The Lancet Me (1842)
"... are " wild," "visionary," "shocking," "ludicrous,"and " dreadful," unless these charges are accompanied by something like an attempt at demonstration. ..."

5. History of the City of Rome in the Middle Ages: Der Wendepunkt der Renaissance by Woldemar von Seidlitz, Ferdinand Gregorovius, Annie Hamilton (1903)
"DISORDER IN ROME—BONIFACE VI., POPE—STEPHEN VI., POPE—THE CORPSE SYNOD—JUDGMENT PRONOUNCED UPON FORMOSUS—FALL OF THE LATERAN BASILICA—CAUSES OF THE shocking ..."

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