seismic
adjective Etymology: Greek seismos shock, earthquake, from seiein to shake; probably akin to Avestan thwaēshō fear Date: 1858 1. of, subject to, or caused by an earthquake; also of or relating to an earth vibration caused by something else (as an explosion or the impact of a meteorite) 2. of or relating to a vibration on a celestial body (as the moon) comparable to a seismic event on earth 3. having a strong or widespread impact ; earthshaking <
seismic social changes
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seismically adverb

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