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Of great consequence or importance.

earth′shak′ing·ly adv.
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1. of enormous importance or consequence; momentous
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(ˈɜrθˌʃeɪ kɪŋ)

imperiling, challenging, or significantly affecting basic beliefs, attitudes, relationships, etc.
earth′shak`er, n.
earth′shak`ing•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.earthshaking - loud enough to shake the very earth
loud - characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity; "a group of loud children"; "loud thunder"; "her voice was too loud"; "loud trombones"
2.earthshaking - sufficiently significant to affect the whole world; "earthshaking proposals"; "the contest was no world-shaking affair"; "the conversation...could hardly be called world-shattering"
significant, important - important in effect or meaning; "a significant change in tax laws"; "a significant change in the Constitution"; "a significant contribution"; "significant details"; "statistically significant"
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[ˈɜːθˌʃeɪkɪŋ] adj (fig) → sconvolgente
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