View definitions for startlingly


adverb as in unexpectedly

Discover More

Example Sentences

That’s a startling contrast to the consensus on Taylor Swift a few years ago, when she was widely considered to be a try-hard whose hard work was off-putting.

From Vox

What’s startling, then, is that Jones has exceeded Tagovailoa’s production on those throws.

These are startling numbers and they demand an urgent response.

From Fortune

The intensity of the hostility over the past week was nonetheless startling.

A more recent FiveThirtyEight analysis pegged the bias at a startling 6 to 7 points.

From Vox

He is a startlingly brilliant bassist, as accomplished in classical music as in jazz.

Edith Wharton, of course, writes in such a startlingly sharp and close-grained way about how people live.

And, while there are many startlingly violent scenes, they are juxtaposed with beauteous ones.

Barack Obama has completely distracted attention from the startlingly right-wing government  that Bibi installed on Monday.

The second half of the film, in particular, is startlingly effective.

Included was a twenty-page aside on the offending Bishop, revealing a startlingly thorough knowledge of his writings.

The thoughts which came to him were startlingly primitive, direct and sometimes meaningless to him.

Startlingly Mrs. Briggs laughed, shrilly, unpleasantly, as a woman laughs in great fear.

The glove is a great page; it is startlingly original, and as true as death and judgment.

They looked startlingly large and prominent; and at times seemed literally to blaze with an inward fire.


On this page you'll find 39 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to startlingly, such as: abnormally, amazingly, curiously, peculiarly, rarely, and remarkably.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.