Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of great consequence or importance.

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  • adj. Of global consequence or importance
  • adj. Very loud

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Examples

  • Asked to do an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York in 2003, based on my book Harlem, Lost and Found: An Architectural and Social History, 1765-1985, recalling the excitement surrounding "Harlem on My Mind," I knew exactly the kind of earthshaking-attendance record-breaking show I hoped to produce.

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  • The transition to such cramped quarters was "earthshaking" at first, she said.

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  • While the changes are not "earthshaking," they will ultimately strengthen the church's efforts to identify and discipline priests who abuse minors, the sources said.

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  • However, the results so far, while hopeful, have not been "earthshaking," MacDonald said.

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  • Memorable moment -- I had thoughtlessly used the word "earthshaking" in dialogue, so there was a last-minute realization and then a quick debate about what to use to replace it.

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  • "earthshaking," they will ultimately strengthen the church's efforts to identify and discipline priests who abuse minors, the sources said.

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  • Not earthshaking but more than respectable, especially for an Internet business offering a free service supported only by ads.

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  • Surviving brutal conditions and facing imminent death, a group of Jewish prisoners nevertheless formed a chorus and memorized (from a single score) Giuseppe Verdi's earthshaking "Messa da Requiem," performing it some 16 times in the camp.

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  • With that, the United States could face another earthshaking credit downgrade following Standard and Poor's move last month to cut Washington's top-notch AAA rating.

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  • Others may not be as public or earthshaking, but they are doing business in a different way.

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