Definition of shocking in US English:

shocking

adjective

  • 1Causing indignation or disgust; offensive.

    ‘shocking behavior’
    • ‘We just had to deal with such a shocking, disgusting situation.’
    • ‘I found the ending to be both shocking and disturbing.’
    • ‘Judging from the response of our viewers, they found it shocking.’
    • ‘This book is scandalous not because of shocking exposés, but rather because of its very publication.’
    • ‘The ignorance towards the HIV issue in India that she exposes is both shocking and disturbing.’
    • ‘That must start in school by backing teachers who take a stand against drink and drugs and the shocking behaviour of a minority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The corruption scandal has been deeply shocking many ordinary party members.’
    • ‘Slowly gathering up all her baggage, Mercedes muttered incoherently a number of rather shocking French curses.’
    • ‘And it is very shocking, but it's also hilarious in some sense.’
    • ‘The offensive and shocking new program is a show for blokes about being a bloke and doing blokey things.’
    • ‘Here's the seller's final update explaining the real reason for his shocking behaviour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is this latest debacle so very shocking or appalling?’
    • ‘Fifteen years ago, the thought of cameras everywhere was shocking and abhorrent.’
    • ‘The result has been a mishmash that is neither shocking nor revolting or entertaining.’
    • ‘There is some really shocking and disgusting stuff in this book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such shocking behavior is unheard of in a Japanese classroom.’
    1. 1.1 Causing a feeling of surprise and dismay.
      ‘she brought shocking news’
      • ‘Of course, faced with this shocking news, congress is off to make sure that something is done right away!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a shocking indictment that 40 per cent of our remaining local ecosystems are at risk of extinction.’
      • ‘So I was subjected to a barrage of enquiries which included ‘What is the most shocking news you've ever heard?’’
      • ‘In files that have already been opened, some shocking discoveries have been made.’
      • ‘But he's only just made the shocking revelation that he's gay.’
      • ‘What makes this story truly shocking is that it comes as no surprise to the medical profession.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Schools cannot continue to turn a blind eye in light of these new shocking statistics.’
      • ‘And a Missouri family got a shocking surprise when they moved into their apartment.’
      • ‘Then I saw the news ticker with the shocking news.’
      • ‘Last week Germany announced truly shocking unemployment figures.’
      • ‘Waking up to the shocking news, however, most ended up staying home.’
      • ‘It was certainly a piece of shocking news in the business arena.’
      • ‘Michela recovered but only to find out more shocking news.’
      • ‘With this shocking admission, our news team realized that the problem of fraudulent grading ran deeper than we had feared.’
      • ‘A recent Amnesty survey presented even more shocking statistics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But when I heard about the shocking news of Elizabeth's passing, I felt compelled to say a few words in her honor.’
      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
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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

/ˈʃɑkɪŋ//ˈSHäkiNG/