Definition of shocking in English:

shocking

adjective

  • 1Causing indignation or disgust; offensive:

    ‘shocking behaviour’
    • ‘And it is very shocking, but it's also hilarious in some sense.’
    • ‘The shocking scandal about corruption at the customs was rekindled two months ago, yet nobody from the contract's opposition had ever said a word.’
    • ‘This book is scandalous not because of shocking exposés, but rather because of its very publication.’
    • ‘That must start in school by backing teachers who take a stand against drink and drugs and the shocking behaviour of a minority.’
    • ‘The corruption scandal has been deeply shocking many ordinary party members.’
    • ‘I can't remember who brought it up, probably me, being the sucker for punishment that I am, but we spoke about the other weekend, and my shocking behaviour therein.’
    • ‘The ignorance towards the HIV issue in India that she exposes is both shocking and disturbing.’
    • ‘Tournament officials conceded that the event could be cancelled entirely in the aftermath of the shocking atrocities that have sent shock waves across the world.’
    • ‘We just had to deal with such a shocking, disgusting situation.’
    • ‘The result has been a mishmash that is neither shocking nor revolting or entertaining.’
    • ‘The offensive and shocking new program is a show for blokes about being a bloke and doing blokey things.’
    • ‘The drama has been heavily trailered on the main channels, focusing on the shocking behaviour of one of the younger detectives, but there is more to it than that.’
    • ‘There is some really shocking and disgusting stuff in this book.’
    • ‘Here's the seller's final update explaining the real reason for his shocking behaviour.’
    • ‘Judging from the response of our viewers, they found it shocking.’
    • ‘Slowly gathering up all her baggage, Mercedes muttered incoherently a number of rather shocking French curses.’
    • ‘I found the ending to be both shocking and disturbing.’
    • ‘Fifteen years ago, the thought of cameras everywhere was shocking and abhorrent.’
    • ‘Such shocking behavior is unheard of in a Japanese classroom.’
    • ‘Is this latest debacle so very shocking or appalling?’
    1. 1.1 Causing a feeling of surprise and dismay:
      ‘she brought shocking news’
      • ‘Last week Germany announced truly shocking unemployment figures.’
      • ‘In files that have already been opened, some shocking discoveries have been made.’
      • ‘It was certainly a piece of shocking news in the business arena.’
      • ‘So I was subjected to a barrage of enquiries which included ‘What is the most shocking news you've ever heard?’’
      • ‘A recent Amnesty survey presented even more shocking statistics.’
      • ‘Then I saw the news ticker with the shocking news.’
      • ‘Schools cannot continue to turn a blind eye in light of these new shocking statistics.’
      • ‘Waking up to the shocking news, however, most ended up staying home.’
      • ‘It's a shocking indictment that 40 per cent of our remaining local ecosystems are at risk of extinction.’
      • ‘But he's only just made the shocking revelation that he's gay.’
      • ‘But when I heard about the shocking news of Elizabeth's passing, I felt compelled to say a few words in her honor.’
      • ‘With this shocking admission, our news team realized that the problem of fraudulent grading ran deeper than we had feared.’
      • ‘What makes this story truly shocking is that it comes as no surprise to the medical profession.’
      • ‘And a Missouri family got a shocking surprise when they moved into their apartment.’
      • ‘But people were upset at the shocking scenes of dead people and at the timing of the programme.’
      • ‘Three Sunday tabloids today make separate and equally shocking claims.’
      • ‘I am delighted that they will hear the shocking news - and this will be the first time they hear it, if they have not caught up with the news already - that another levy is coming their way.’
      • ‘They were in fear for his safety after watching television news reports showing the shocking effects of the floods in Mozambique - the worst for 40 years.’
      • ‘Michela recovered but only to find out more shocking news.’
      • ‘Of course, faced with this shocking news, congress is off to make sure that something is done right away!’
      appalling, horrifying, horrific, dreadful, awful, frightful, terrible, horrible, scandalous, outrageous, disgraceful, vile, abominable, ghastly, foul, monstrous, unspeakable, abhorrent, hideous, atrocious, repellent, revolting, odious, repulsive, repugnant, disgusting, nauseating, sickening, grisly, loathsome, offensive, distressing, upsetting, perturbing, disturbing, disquieting, unsettling, agitating
      stunning, staggering, amazing, astonishing, startling, stupefying, overwhelming, bewildering, unnerving, surprising
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    2. 1.2British informal Very bad:
      ‘I've got a shocking cold’
      • ‘And then he committed a shocking foul on the goalkeeper.’
      severe, serious, grave, critical, grievous, acute, dreadful, terrible, awful, ghastly, dire, grim, frightful
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Pronunciation:

shocking

/ˈʃɒkɪŋ/