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Noun
A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience
“And so nobody else has to go through this experience and the shock initially when that happens.”
Noun
An acute medical condition associated with a fall in blood pressure, caused by such events as loss of blood, severe burns, allergic reaction, or sudden emotional stress, and marked by cold, pallid skin, irregular breathing, rapid pulse, and dilated pupils
“Unconscious for three days from shock and loss of blood, he woke to find himself back in Texas at the burns centre.”
Noun
A violent shaking movement caused by an impact, explosion, or tremor
“He crumpled to the floor to absorb the shock of the impact and whipped around with his flashlight as the horde closed rapidly.”
Noun
An unkempt or thick mass of hair
“At a party I met a striking young woman whose hair escaped in a shock of dark anarchic curls.”
Noun
A sudden and violent emotional disturbance
“You really gave me a shock then.”
Verb
Offend the moral feelings of; outrage
“I believe that future generations will be shocked and outraged that it took us so long.”
Verb
To strike with fear
“… the sudden appearance of the ghost shocked us to the core.”
Adjective
“A shock defeat.”
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