Is it the same as spiritual awakening?
rude awakening – you wake up one morning and all of a sudden, you’re bald
spiritual awakening – you wake up one morning and all of a sudden, you’re happy being bald
Yes, discovering something unpleasant is often referred as to having a “rude awakening.”
Incidentally there is an instrumental Creedence Clearwater Revival melody entitled “Rude Awakening #2” from the band’s “Pendulum” album.
Listen to it if you can and you will be transported from an harmonious tune to aberrant sounds that might be the musical expression on how is experiencing a rude awakening.
No, it means to discover the truth in an unpleasant way.
“If she thinks her husband isn’t cheating on her, she’s in for a rude awakening!”
No, not at all. A rude awakening is when someone discovers something unexpected and unpleasant.