a state of bewilderment and distress experienced by an individual who is suddenly exposed to a new, strange, or foreign social and cultural environment.
Origin of culture shock
First recorded in 1955–60Related formscul·ture-shocked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for culture shock
sociol the feelings of isolation, rejection, etc, experienced when one culture is brought into sudden contact with another, as when a primitive tribe is confronted by modern civilization
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culture shock in Medicine
A condition of confusion and anxiety affecting a person suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or milieu.
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Idioms and Phrases with culture shock
A state of confusion and anxiety experienced by someone upon encountering an alien environment. For example, It's not just jet lag—it's the culture shock of being in a new country. This term was first used by social scientists to describe, for example, the experience of a person moving from the country to a big city. It is now used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1930s]
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