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v. shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters
1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow. See Synonyms at break.
a. To damage seriously; disable: His health was shattered by the disease.
b. To cause the destruction or ruin of; destroy: The outcome of the conflict shattered our dreams of peace and prosperity.
To break into pieces; smash or burst: The glass shattered when it hit the floor.
1. often shatters A fragment or splinter: a rare piece of porcelain now in shatters.
2. A scattering collection or spray of fragments: "A window broke into a shatter of glass" (Rosemund Pilcher).
[Middle English schateren, from Old English *sceaterian, to scatter.]
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|Noun||1.||shattering - the act of breaking something into small pieces|
|Adj.||1.||shattering - seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering; "shattering rain striking the windowpanes"; "the shattering tones of the enormous carillon"; "the shattering peal of artillery"|
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"
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adjective devastating, stunning, severe, crushing, overwhelming, paralysing Yesterday's news was another shattering blow.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
shattering[ˈʃætərɪŋ] ADJ [attack, defeat] → aplastante; [experience, news] → pasmoso
it was a shattering blow to his hopes → deshizo sus esperanzas
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
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blow → wuchtig, gewaltig; explosion → gewaltig; defeat → vernichtend; it had a shattering effect on the economy → es wirkte sich verheerend auf die Wirtschaft aus
(fig inf: = exhausting) → erschöpfend, anstrengend; (psychologically) → niederschmetternd; a shattering blow to his ego → ein schwerer Schlag für sein Ich; I had a shattering day at the office → der Tag im Büro hat mich wahnsinnig geschlaucht (inf), → ich bin total erledigt vom Büro (inf); the divorce was a shattering experience for her → die Scheidung hat sie unheimlich mitgenommen (inf)
(inf: = flabbergasting) news, realization → erschütternd; effect → umwerfend (inf); this new film is a shattering experience → dieser neue Film ist ein umwerfendes Erlebnis (inf); it must have been absolutely shattering for you to have found out that … → das war bestimmt entsetzlich für Sie, als Sie erfuhren, dass …
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
shattering[ˈʃætərɪŋ] adj (attack) → schiacciante; (defeat, news) → disastroso/a; (experience) → traumatico/a; (day, journey) → faticoso/a
it was a shattering blow to his hopes → è stato un colpo tremendo per le sue speranze
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