shell shock

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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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    Deadly Good Looks?

    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

  • You are aware he was discharged from the Army suffering from 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 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
  1. 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.
  1. combat fatigue
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