Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a shocking manner; alarmingly; distressingly.

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  • adverb In a shocking manner.
  • adverb To a shocking degree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb extremely
  • adverb so as to shock the feelings

Etymologies

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shocking +‎ -ly

Examples

  • In his practice at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Gabor Toth encounters stroke patients in their 30s and 40s with what he describes as shockingly uncontrolled'' hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes.

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  • Having over the last couple of years read yourself, Michael Lewis, Willis, Allwright and others I have come to the conclusion that over-focus on course books and bizarrely inauthentic exercises has obscured the primary purpose of language teaching which, shockingly, is to teach language – or better to get sts to learn a language.

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  • Miley's sister and the "bonus Jonas" turned in shockingly good performances, imo.

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  • The school is dealing with a student party some call shockingly insensitive.

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  • And wasn't Tales from the Crypt pretty much all horror which shockingly is not equivalent to sci fi.

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  • He recalled what he described as a shockingly bare - faced threat from U.S. Deputy S.cretary of S.ate, Richard Armitage.

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  • And wasn't Tales from the Crypt pretty much all horror which shockingly is not equivalent to sci fi.

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  • He recalled what he described as a shockingly bare - faced threat from U.S. Deputy S.cretary of S.ate, Richard Armitage.

    CNN Transcript Dec 29, 2007

  • He recalled what he described as a shockingly bare - faced threat from U.S. Deputy S.cretary of S.ate, Richard Armitage.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2007

  • And the praise which follows is praise really in the grand style -- praise, the style and quality of which are positively rejoicing to the heart from their combination of fervour and accuracy, from their absolute fulfilment of the ideal of a word shockingly misused in these latter days, the word Appreciation.

    Matthew Arnold

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