• Oh, shocking!!
    Oh, shocking!!
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj shocking 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"
    • adj shocking glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism "lurid details of the accident"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

I'm shocked I'm shocked
A delighted herald and shocked sisters look on A delighted herald and shocked sisters look on
Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince Beauty is shocked as the beast transforms into the prince
A man reacts with shock as his wig and hat are stolen A man reacts with shock as his wig and hat are stolen

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse
    • a Shocking Causing to shake or tremble, as by a blow; especially, causing to recoil with horror or disgust; extremely offensive or disgusting. "The grossest and most shocking villainies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.
    • shocking Causing a shock of indignation, disgust, distress, or horror; extremely offensive, painful, or repugnant.
    • shocking Synonyms Wicked, Scandalous, etc. (see atrocious), frightful, dreadful, terrible, revolting, abominable, execrable, appalling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A camel can lose up to 30 percent of its body weight in perspiration and continue to cross the desert. A human would die of heat shock after sweating away only 12 percent of body weight.
    • adj Shocking offensive, repulsive
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  • Pearl S. Buck
    “Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.”
  • James Baldwin
    “Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.”
  • Andre Agassi
    Andre Agassi
    “It's shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you're just thinking about nothing except winning every point.”
  • Cole Porter
    Cole Porter
    “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now, God knows, anything goes.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prof. Skeat explains M. E. schokken, to shock, as from O. Fr. choc, a shock, choquer, to give a shock—Old High Ger. scoc, a shock, shaking movement. Cf. A.S. scóc, pa.t. of sceacan, to shake.


In literature:

It came over her now with a fresh shock, how very little, after all, she had known of him.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The computer would establish the pattern, if any, of incoming enemy shock waves.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
The Youngster eyed him with shocked surprise.
"Told in a French Garden" by Mildred Aldrich
Then the crisis came that shocked Meredith into consciousness and forced her to act, for the first time in her life, independently.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
It was a shock to find that his work wasn't important even in the eyes of Kursten, Kasten, Hopkins and Fallowe.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
When I was least able to bear the shock, the call came from Elizabeth Thornton.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
Where, as in a volcanic eruption, the shock originates with an explosion, these waves go off in circles.
"Outlines of the Earth's History" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
I will confess that I have been dreadfully hurt, terribly shocked.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
I had no liking for him, and, in fact, some of his customs shocked me.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
The shock of this discovery was too much for Styles.
"The Circular Study" by Anna Katharine Green

In poetry:

None who fell in glorious battle,
In the shock of meeting steel,
Fell more bravely, died more nobly
More like son of true Lochiel
"Death Of Norman Dewar" by Nora Pembroke
'Tis by his shock thy sceptre sways,
His warfare ends thy strife;
His poverty thy wealth conveys,
Thy Husband's death's thy life.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Close! close the square! from every side
Hark to horsemen's hurtling shock!
Onward pours that living tide
Upon that living rock!—
"The Battle-Day, Or, The Lost Army" by Ernest Jones
Like an evil spirit hast thou
Shocked my heart from out its rest,
If thou'lt take it quite away now--
Thou wilt win my healing blest!
"Like An Evil Spirit" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
No Stock Exchange disturbed the lad
With overwhelming shocks -
BILL ploughed with all the shares he had,
JANE planted all her stocks.
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It will discover with a shock,
That powerful Life has got ahead,
Leaving nothing to destructive Death,
That you have long been dead…
"Street-Walker" by Hristo Smirnenski

In news:

He became well-known with his TV series 'The Shock of the New.'.
Football fans were shocked today when news came over Twitter that Junior Seau, 43-year-old former Pro Bowl linebacker, had died of a suspected suicide on Wednesday morning.
Survivors speak out in Kirby Dick's shocking War.
"That's why it's so shocking to see it blatantly on a device.".
Bandsaws are very much like the people who use them—they don't react well to heat, shock, abrasion, stress or tension.
Former "American Bandstand " dancer Hal Laws Landau could only feel shock at the news of Dick Clark's death on Wednesday.
Family of Bangladeshi man shocked at his arrest in FBI terror sting in New York City.
Jeffrey Brown at the Tradeshow Blues Blog has a somewhat shocking post about those who simply must bare it all at a tradeshow.
Officials shocked at Garmin-Sharp- Barracuda 's time.
"We were kind of shocked at the price others were charging," he says.
Parents and students are shocked at the arrest of a Duval.
Chia Pet Creator 'Shocked' After Walgreens Pulls Obama Model From Shelves.
A shocking story out of Indiana, according to Granite Broadcasting sister station Indiana's NewsCenter.
The $780 million Emami Group of Kolkata—known for rolling out men's fairness creams—has suffered a shocking blemish.
Shocking Ashley Smith video revealed.

In science:

In the Shock symmetric phase and the Shock-Low phase the coupling of the dynamics of the two species gives rise to an induced shock phenomenon.
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in a Non-Conserving Two-Species Driven Model
Usually these methods rely on the poorly known shock parameters (ǫe , ǫB and p) as constrained by the forward shock modeling, and they implicitly assume that same parameters also apply in the reverse shock.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
However, both the internal shock and the external shock scenarios have ma jor caveats, which have nothing to do with their ability to accelerate cosmic rays but rather with the generic shock itself.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
Increasing the resolution of the super-critical shock has less of an effect on the results, although the flux in the vicinity of the shock improves, and the spike in gas temperature at the location of the shock is better resolved (c.f. figure 8).
Smoothed particle hydrodynamics with radiative transfer in the flux-limited diffusion approximation
The input parameters of SUMA relative to the shock are the following : the shock velocity, Vs , the pre-shock density, n0 and the pre-shock magnetic field, B0 .
The complex structure of low luminosity AGN : NGC 4579