shell shock


Origin of shell shock

First recorded in 1915–20

Related forms

shell-shocked, shell·shocked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shell-shocked (1 of 2)



suffering from shell shock
in a state of stunned confusion or shock; dazed

British Dictionary definitions for shell-shocked (2 of 2)

shell shock


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

shell shock


combat fatigue
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