Shock·ing, a. 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. --Secker.
-- Shock*ing*ly, adv. -- Shock*ing*ness, n.
Shock, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shocked p. pr. & vb. n. Shocking.]
1. To give a shock to; to cause to shake or waver; hence, to strike against suddenly; to encounter with violence.
Come the three corners of the world in arms,
And we shall shock them. --Shak.
I shall never forget the force with which he shocked De Vipont. --Sir W. Scott.
2. To strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust; to cause to recoil; as, his violence shocked his associates.
Advise him not to shock a father's will. --Dryden.
3. Physiol. To subject to the action of an electrical discharge so as to cause a more or less violent depression or commotion of the nervous system.
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,