AskDefine | Define shocking

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shocking adj
1 glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism; "lurid details of the accident" [syn: lurid]
2 giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation; "scandalous behavior"; "the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray; "the most shocking book of its time" [syn: disgraceful, scandalous, shameful]

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  1. Inspiring shock; startling
  2. Unusually obscene or lewd
  3. Extremely bad


Inspiring shock; startling
Unusually obscene or lewd
Extremely bad

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