Definition of earth-shattering in English:


(also earth-shaking)


  • (in hyperbolic use) very important, shocking, or traumatic.

    ‘tell me this earth-shattering news of yours’
    • ‘The question does not have to be of earth-shattering importance, but it really does have to be of deep concern to the querist at the time the question is asked.’
    • ‘I know this isn't exactly earth-shattering news but the news does bring back quite a flood of happy memories for me.’
    • ‘It may not sound like earth-shattering news, but for those of us who love our cinemas as much as we do our movies, it is.’
    • ‘Today the guiding hand of evolution is unmistakably human, with earth-shattering consequences.’
    • ‘For most players, that hardly would have been earth-shattering news.’
    • ‘While this may not seem like earth-shattering news to the world at large, it has certainly altered life on the home front.’
    • ‘None of this is of earth-shattering importance; much of it is of no importance at all.’
    • ‘The decisions they arrive at could have earth-shaking significance.’
    • ‘These days, everything in football has to be a matter of earth-shaking significance.’
    • ‘None of these in isolation are earth-shattering events, but together they provide persuasive evidence of the cultural revolution now taking place in Britain.’
    • ‘Each couple has an earth-shattering story to tell.’
    • ‘If something truly earth-shattering happens I may pop my head up.’
    • ‘This is an extremely bizarre and rather earth-shattering story.’
    • ‘It's a path well-trodden, and not a place where one is going to come up with many new, earth-shattering insights.’
    • ‘This would be an earth-shattering, transformational event that would have a major social and economic impact across the region.’
    • ‘I was awake then, but somehow managed to miss this earth-shattering event.’
    • ‘It would not be an earth-shattering shift for the republican movement.’
    • ‘Last Saturday's earth-shattering event did not receive, from this paper, the celebration it deserved.’
    • ‘It was an earth-shattering reminder that games change and sometimes you can't stay in love forever.’
    • ‘Admittedly their margins of victory in this Munster campaign have not been earth-shattering.’
    essential, indispensable, crucial, key, necessary, needed, required, requisite, important, all-important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, of the essence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, urgent, pressing, burning, compelling, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential