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  • v. Present participle of startle.
  • adj. Likely to startle; surprising; shocking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That startles or that excites sudden surprise, apprehension, fear, or like emotion; that rouses or suddenly and forcibly attracts attention: as, startling news; a startling discovery.
  • Easily startled or alarmed; skittish; shying.

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

  • adj. so remarkably different or sudden as to cause momentary shock or alarm


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  • The statistics were published as a second charity voiced concern over what it called "startling variations" in diagnosis and treatment outcomes in ovarian cancer.

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  • Before Biro told me about his research into "La Bella Principessa," and what he described as startling findings, he shared with me the story of how he became the world's first authenticator of art works through fingerprinting-a story that began, curiously enough, with the very paintings I was staring at.


  • After Mount Holly Elementary School opened in August, Rock Hill school district parents with children at nearby Oakdale Elementary noticed what they call a startling change.

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  • Even more startling is the fact that the reverses (tails) of these two are different; note that ‘ONE CENT’ is higher on one than on the other.

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  • They have offered NO alternatives, have lied through their teeth at every opportunity, and their hypocrisy shows in startling contrast to the Democrats doing their best to turn around our disaster of a Health Care System.

    Geithner defends AIG bailout

  • The latest batch of confidential documents released by the Wikileaks anti-secrecy group do not contain startling information.

    WikiLeaks Documents Highlight Problem of Security Force Training

  • Perhaps most startling is the discovery from the deciphering of the human genome that we have only between 20,000 and 25,000 genes.

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  • They contain startling evidence of more than 1,300 incidents of torture, rape, abuse and murder by Iraqi security forces while the U.S. government looked the other way.

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  • Both the documents and the detailed historical research that is now pouring out from this period all point to a growing realization that the implementation of the Council departed in startling ways from the intentions of the Council fathers.

    The Main Objection to Sacred Music

  • There were skirts - but they were all polyester crepey things in startling colors, with art-deco prints.

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