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[kuh n-kuhs]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to injure by concussion: He was mildly concussed by the falling books.
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Origin of concuss

1590–1600; < Latin concussus, past participle of concutere, equivalent to con- con- + -cut-, combining form of quat-, stem of quatere to shake + -tus past participle ending
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Related Words for concuss

start, require, cause, force, drive, shake, convulse, shock, jolt, swing, sway, disturb, rattle, upset, roil, wave, shudder, rock, bully, intimidate

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Historical Examples of concuss

  • When I concuss the limb here, the foot will kick forward involuntarily.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • He had returned to terms of friendship with Romanel, with a view to concuss the whole city, with no one to interpose.

British Dictionary definitions for concuss


verb (tr)
  1. to injure (the brain) by a violent blow, fall, etc
  2. to shake violently; agitate; disturb
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Word Origin for concuss

C16: from Latin concussus violently shaken, from concutere to disturb greatly, from quatere to shake
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Word Origin and History for concuss


1590s, "to shake violently," from Latin concuss-, past participle stem of concutere "to dash together, shake violently" (see concussion). Meaning "to give a concussion to the brain" is from 1680s. Related: Concussed; concussing; concussive.

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