Definition of "shock" []

  • A violent collision or impact; a heavy blow. See Synonyms at collision. (noun)
  • The effect of such a collision or blow. (noun)
  • Something that jars the mind or emotions as if with a violent unexpected blow. (noun)
  • The disturbance of function, equilibrium, or mental faculties caused by such a blow; violent agitation. (noun)
  • A severe offense to one's sense of propriety or decency; an outrage. (noun)
  • To experience or cause to experience extreme horror, disgust, surprise, etc (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cause a state of shock in (a person) (verb)
  • To come or cause to come into violent contact; jar (verb)
  • A sudden and violent jarring blow or impact (noun)
  • Something that causes a sudden and violent disturbance in the emotions (noun)
  • A state of bodily collapse or near collapse caused by circulatory failure or sudden lowering of the blood pressure, as from severe bleeding, burns, fright, etc (noun)
  • Pain and muscular spasm as the physical reaction to an electric current passing through the body (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "shock" in a sentence
  • "They then tried to examine him under torture by electric shock& amp; mdash; but Galt was prepared for it, and knew in advance that they would not dare deliver to him a lethal shock."
  • "A man on talk radio at 4 a.m. who apologised, without undue theatre, for having simply walked away in shock from the bus blast rather than offering comfort to the wounded."
  • "The term shock doctrine may be appropriate but the real reason for the economic problems the US has today is a direct result of giving American corporations all the rights of an American individual but not all of the responsibilities."