shell shock


noun


Origin of shell shock

First recorded in 1915–20
Related formsshell-shocked, shell·shocked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for shell shock

Contemporary Examples of shell shock

  • His family, friends, and fiancée seem to be in varying stages of shell-shock, or denial.

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    Marcia Clark

    April 23, 2009

Historical Examples of shell shock

  • It occurred to me at the time that his excitement might be the outcome of shell-shock.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • In Sir Henry's opinion the shell-shock has aggravated a tendency to the disease.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • You are aware he was discharged from the Army suffering from shell-shock?

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • You said you were aware that the accused was discharged from the Army suffering from shell-shock.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees

  • Witness attributed the pains in the head to the effect of shell-shock.

    The Shrieking Pit

    Arthur J. Rees


British Dictionary definitions for shell shock

shell shock

noun

loss of sight, memory, etc, resulting from psychological strain during prolonged engagement in warfareAlso called: combat neurosis
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shell shock in Medicine

shell shock

n.

combat fatigue
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