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adjective as in frightful

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A startling amount of human happiness and wellbeing depends on our relationship with this one plant.

Today, Rent the Runway has more than 1,200 employees and does more than $100 million in revenue, but in 2009 the responses Jenn and her co-founder, Jennifer Fleiss, got from investors were less than encouraging, sometimes even startling.

From Fortune

It is startling to have someone look you in the eye and tell you things you know are lies.

From Vox

That it occurred during a recession, a pandemic and record unemployment is a startling feat.

From Fortune

This summer has seen some startling examples of what these methods can accomplish.

From Fortune

So this startling move towards Internet censorship should come as no surprise.

Some of the concern over student debt is likely driven by the startling headline numbers.

Cirque du Soleil obviously sprang to startling success with a variety of shows since its 1987 founding.

For many governments, corporations, and individuals, these numbers are startling.

These numbers, although startling, are thought to “vastly underestimate” the reality.

It was a mighty simple transaction, but it produced some startling results for me, that same coin-spinning.

The sudden way she turned upon him, rising from her chair and standing over him, was so startling that he got up too.

And then with a startling suddenness came the thought that, before now, men had been drowned in their baths!

Our prisoner's was perhaps the most startling name which could have been pronounced among those high-blooded and headlong men.

This is a proposition which must, from its very nature, be startling to non-smokers, and surprising to many smokers.


On this page you'll find 31 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to startling, such as: alarming, astonishing, shocking, surprising, and unexpected.

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