What does the word shocking mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Shockingness.

  • Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Causing a mental shock; horrible; repugnant; distressing.

Usage examples for shocking

  1. " It is a shock, I know; but Truth is a little shocking sometimes. – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  2. To have crushed the fly would have been melancholy, to have come down on the young soldier's fingers, awkward; but Rachel did what was even more shocking- her hands did descend on, what should have been fingers, but they gave way under her- she felt only the leather of the glove between her and the newspaper. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. And, finally, it happened that she had just quarrelled violently with the Comte de Valbelle, who, not content with an occasional infidelity, as had been the case in the early days of their connection, had become a sort of professional Don Juan, who " brought daily pretty girls into his park," outraged husbands, supplanted lovers, and, in short, misconducted himself in so shocking a manner that, according to his disgusted mistress, " every one detested him from the bottom of their hearts." – Queens of the French Stage by H. Noel Williams