Definition of world-shaking in US English:



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

    ‘a world-shaking announcement’
    • ‘Awkwardly, I shuffled through my doorway and settled on the world-shaking response of, ‘Oh.’’
    • ‘Besides, I had just discovered an even more world-shaking music.’
    • ‘For a team that demands victory every year this is world-shaking, humbling stuff.’
    • ‘The monstrous, world-shaking failure was leaving the country vulnerable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It should be an amazing and world-shaking event.’
    • ‘And what would come to be the result of these world-shaking efforts?’
    • ‘But there's no denying it was a world-shaking event.’
    • ‘If there is a criticism of these final episodes, it is probably the over-reliance on deep, world-shaking revelations about the characters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How ought a neighborhood newspaper to cover a 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.’
    • ‘Strap yourselves down folks - we have some world-shaking news for you.’
    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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