Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of great consequence or importance.

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  • adjective Of global consequence or importance
  • adjective 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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  • 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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  • However, the results so far, while hopeful, have not been "earthshaking," MacDonald said.

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