"suddenly the jarring reality hit me."

Is this the right use of the word jarring

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    More context needed. Also, what do you understand 'jarring' to mean and why does this usage seem wrong to you? – Dan Feb 8 '17 at 11:17
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"suddenly the jarring reality hit me."

This would be fine if the fact of such a reality has been established, or is going to be established.

A violent explosion erupted on the right. Suddenly the jarring reality hit me. We were under attack again.


"suddenly the jarring reality hit me."

is an isolated thought, unexplained before or after, then this might be better:

Suddenly the reality hit me. It was jarring.

Anyway, "jarring" is OK to describe a disturbing sense as it seems to be doing in the example.

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