Definition of shockingly in English:



  • 1In a way that causes indignation, horror, or disgust.

    ‘the debts were shockingly revealed to total £23m’
    as submodifier ‘a shockingly brutal act of violence’
    • ‘Starkly realized and shockingly depressing, it is a film that seems an immediate link to far darker movies.’
    • ‘This is a corn-pone horror story with bizarre twists and shockingly sick set pieces.’
    • ‘What we get is a passionless play interspersed with some shockingly sad military stuff.’
    • ‘After the shockingly unexpected death of their daughter, they find themselves confronted by strange premonitory visions.’
    • ‘I would have been terrified by anything shockingly horrific when I was little.’
    • ‘Her character is a daytime soap opera star who has just been shockingly killed off.’
    • ‘Sexually explicit and shockingly violent, this film deserves to be controversial.’
    • ‘Hunger is everywhere—the death toll from starvation is shockingly high.’
    • ‘They said it was "too graphic and too shockingly realistic."’
    • ‘The shockingly tragic video from the report galvanized not only the British public, but the world.’
    1. 1.1British informal as submodifier Extremely.
      ‘he is still as shockingly handsome as ever’
      • ‘This is a shockingly effective film built with a great cast and even better script.’
      • ‘He did shockingly well in last spring's presidential primaries.’
      • ‘You cannot miss these little things, for they come in the most shockingly vivid yellows, blues, and purples!’
      • ‘The comic actor is shockingly good in this role.’
      • ‘We enjoy a shockingly refreshing dip in the waterfall's pool.’
      • ‘It is beautifully shot, flawlessly edited, and shockingly funny in places.’
      • ‘The transfer here is rich, robust, and shockingly crisp.’
      • ‘He is not only one of the most prolific directors in the world, but he is also shockingly versatile.’
      • ‘The colors are superbly rendered and shockingly lifelike, supported by deep blacks.’
      • ‘Crisp and clean, we get shockingly good prints here.’