Definition of world-shaking in English:



  • (in hyperbolic use) of supreme importance or having a momentous effect.

    ‘a world-shaking announcement’
    • ‘Strap yourselves down folks - we have some world-shaking news for you.’
    • ‘Think of yourself as a scientist: world-shaking inspiration happens rarely, and the rest of the time you are either doing the math on the last inspiration or incubating for the next one.’
    • ‘If there is a criticism of these final episodes, it is probably the over-reliance on deep, world-shaking revelations about the characters.’
    • ‘It should be an amazing and world-shaking event.’
    • ‘Hobsbawm, a historian long admired by anthropologists, wonders in a recent book why most of the world-shaking events of the 20th century were unexpected.’
    • ‘But there's no denying it was a world-shaking event.’
    • ‘The American and European corporations failed not because of the post-Cold War, world-shaking, international developments already mentioned; they failed because of corruption within.’
    • ‘And what would come to be the result of these world-shaking efforts?’
    • ‘How ought a neighborhood newspaper to cover a world-shaking event?’
    • ‘The monstrous, world-shaking failure was leaving the country vulnerable.’
    • ‘For a team that demands victory every year this is world-shaking, humbling stuff.’
    • ‘Despite the world-shaking blasts of weaponry as the Americans try to root out the snipers, this is also a contest of wills in which the tension rises to a level that seems unbearable, and then rises again.’
    • ‘Awkwardly, I shuffled through my doorway and settled on the world-shaking response of, ‘Oh.’’
    • ‘In my fragile state, however, I felt like I was the beneficiary of a world-shaking magnanimity.’
    • ‘The key to the success of the films, as is true of Tolkien's books, is the focus on the small stories, the personal and emotional details, in the midst of world-shaking cataclysmic events.’
    • ‘Besides, I had just discovered an even more world-shaking music.’
    essential, indispensable, crucial, key, necessary, needed, required, requisite, important, all-important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, of the essence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, urgent, pressing, burning, compelling, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential
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