Definition of shocking adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɒkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɑːkɪŋ//
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  1. 1  that offends or upsets people; that is morally wrong shocking behaviour shocking news It is shocking that they involved children in the crime. a shocking waste of money
  2. 2(informal, especially British English) very bad The house was left in a shocking state.
  3. Extra examples a deeply shocking and painful discovery Today we reveal the shocking truth about heroin addiction among the young. What a shocking waste of money!
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