[ UK /stˈɑːtlɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˈstɑɹtɫɪŋ/ ]
  1. so remarkably different or sudden as to cause momentary shock or alarm
    startling news
    Sydney's startling new Opera House
    startling earthquake shocks
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How To Use startling In A Sentence

  • This is a movie with a distinct and startling cinematic language, but with uncomfortably coercive mannerisms.
  • It creates a startling atmosphere of intensity and highly unusual inwardness - sometimes disturbing - and makes it utterly distinct from anything in Western dance and theatre.
  • The figures are always startlingly lifelike, yet never precisely to scale and always altered in some way.
  • Memorable scenes include Ornella Muti putting an oversized safety pin to some rather startling uses, and a listful cat and mouse game between Ben Gazzara and Susan Tyrrell which results in Gazarra’s arrest when you least expect it. World cinema classics #48 « Jahsonic
  • Nor does he discuss another dialectic, between the Scherzo's anapestic and amphibrach crotchet groups, sublated after the Trio in that startling alla breve succession of equal minims; nor the hunting topos of the Trio.
  • The sealed road wends its way across the stark Anti-Atlas and startling scenery appears after Igherm while descending the Akka Valley.
  • It was stated that banks could only lend to farms that could be sold in an agricultural depression - startling to those who know that farms are unsaleable in an agricultural depression.
  • Out of all the most startling statistics surrounding the risk of suicide among LGBTQ youth, like that they are four times more likely to commit suicide than their straight counterparts, is that there is hope. Waymon Hudson: Chicago Performers Come Together to Celebrate and Encourage the Lives of LGBT Youth
  • The only fun she had that day was running through the newsroom, startling my colleagues with her sudden appearance at their desks.
  • The boiler came on with a burp and a quiet roaring, startling the misshapen shadow behind the torch. THE LAST RAVEN
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