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I am looking for one word which means both shocking and clever.

Example sentence: Shocking and clever revenge story.

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awe·some ˈôsəm adjective 1. extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear. "the awesome power of the atomic bomb". oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/awesome See also: oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/dictionary/awesome Not the informal word that means cool. – Kris Aug 23 '13 at 7:59
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How about brilliant. It conveys that someone is amazed at the person's cleverness, as in saying, "You are absolutely brilliant!" or "Brilliant solution. Good work."

You might also consider cunning if by shocking you mean scandalous. You could also try ingenious, but it does not convey shock as well as brilliant or cunning.

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What about goosebumps? hehe:) – Mohit Aug 24 '13 at 13:42

How about fabulous? For example, when Simon Cowell thinks a performance is shocking and clever, he would say "That's fabulous!".

Other words I can think of are dramatic, sensational, terrific, phenomenal, magnificent, etc.

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Perhaps edgy is the word you are looking for:-

(meaning 3). Daring, provocative, or trend-setting: an exhibition of edgy photographs; an edgy menu.


(meaning 3). innovative, or at the cutting edge, with the concomitant qualities of intensity and excitement

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Does it sound good?- What is the most edgy real life revenge story you have ever heard? – Mohit Aug 24 '13 at 13:41
@Mohit, in my opinion it sounds terrible; typical teenager slang as commonly used today. I suggest it because it is widespread, particularly in the arty world. – Brian Hooper Aug 24 '13 at 18:25

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