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[wurld-shey-king] /ˈwɜrldˌʃeɪ kɪŋ/
of sufficient size or importance to affect the entire world:
the world-shaking effects of an international clash.
Origin of world-shaking
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then, blackness again—and, like the closing click of this world-wide camera, there followed a world-shaking crash of thunder.

  • The world-shaking conceptions have always been won in profound experience.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • All it needs is the electric spark to cause the world-shaking explosion.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • A soil which even to Noah was the destined theatre of world-shaking war!

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • Shiva, maddened with grief, gathered up the bones of his unfortunate consort and danced about with them in a world-shaking frenzy.

    India, Old and New Sir Valentine Chirol
  • Verily it was only a day of small things, of very humble ambitions, of far from world-shaking successes!

  • My Midshipmite, being a hardy veteran in world-shaking naval battles, permitted himself to smile.

    Great Britain at War Jeffery Farnol
  • When Jack cures his toothache with a box of soldiers, who knows what world-shaking evolutions are afoot?

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • And this is the way a large number of world-shaking passions begin, since at first we seldom apprehend our potentiality.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for world-shaking


of enormous significance; momentous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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