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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)

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.

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."