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What is a basic definition of shock?
A shock is a sudden, intense mental or physical impact. Shock is also the effect of having electricity run through the body. To shock someone means to intensely surprise or horrify someone. Shock has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
The word shock often refers to a sudden mental disturbance that causes an intense emotion, usually surprise or horror. You might feel a shock when you see a failing grade on a test. The word shock can also refer to whatever causes this sudden surprise. The noun shocker and adjective shocking often refer to this sense of shock.
- Used in a sentence: It took Julie a few minutes to recover from the shock of seeing a dancing circus bear in her living room.
Shock is used in this same sense as a verb to mean to cause someone to be suddenly overwhelmed by emotion (usually surprise or horror).
- Used in a sentence: I was shocked by my incredibly high phone bill.
A shock can also be a sudden physical impact. This sense is less common than the emotional one.
- Used in a sentence: The springs absorbed most of the shock from colliding with the wall.
Shock also refers to the bodily imbalance, discomfort, or damage caused by electricity running through a person’s body. This sense is often specifically referred to as “an electric shock,” especially when discussing injuries or medical emergencies.
- Used in a sentence: The electrician barely survived the electric shock he got while working on the power lines.
In this same sense, shock is used as a verb to mean to give an electric shock to someone.
- Used in a sentence: The squirrel was shocked by the cord while chewing on it.
Where does shock come from?
The first records of shock come from around 1565. It ultimately comes from the Old French verb choquier, meaning “to clash in batte.”
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How is shock used in real life?
Shock is a common word that most often refers to sudden surprises or electrical accidents.
This may come as a shock to some of you but 2020 was kind of a bummer
— tamar (@tsassizzle) December 31, 2020
Can’t stop thinking about that guy who moved from San Diego to Austin and was shocked his quality of life declined
— Matthew Zeitlin (@MattZeitlin) January 4, 2021
I got shocked by my phone charger cable last night & it sparked when I looked at it. The wiring is exposed & all that. It's probably time to retire that cord.
— Stray Adult™ (@StrayAdult) January 15, 2018
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True or False?
If something is a shock, it is unlikely to bother someone as they expected it to happen.
How to use shock in a sentence
Only those shock waves would produce neutrinos and fast radio bursts at the same time, Metzger says.Neutrinos could reveal how fast radio bursts are launched|Lisa Grossman|September 16, 2020|Science News
Shortly after his own win, Carlsson shocked his children by getting his forearm inked with the words “World Champion” spiraling around a ladle.
“I can’t say as it comes as a huge shock to me,” Miyoshi said when told of the EEOC findings.The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Confirms a Pattern of Age Discrimination at IBM|by Peter Gosselin, special to ProPublica|September 11, 2020|ProPublica
I’m shocked and I don’t really have anything to say about that.The Woman Propositioned by Alaska’s Former Lieutenant Governor Tells Her Story for the First Time|by Kyle Hopkins and Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News|September 10, 2020|ProPublica
Growth stocks, meanwhile, tend to do well when there’s a big shock, such as a pandemic.Global stocks climb—and futures jump—after Tuesday’s sell-off|Bernhard Warner|September 9, 2020|Fortune
Citizens were watching in shock from above on the subway station.
But fans still feel the death was a last-minute decision made for shock value rather than to serve the story.
Shock at what the government considers dangerous and high risk could be read across social media.The UK’s War on Porn: ‘Proof That Men Making These Rules Do Not See Women as Equals’|Aurora Snow|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She lost control of her bladder as she crouched in a corner, shaking, and unable to move her body due to the shock.
Some were silent from shock, others giddy and smiling as they boarded the U.S. Air Force C-130s.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like an electric shock, the well-known chords of the Tragala aroused his hearers—every one crowded round the singer.
The violent shock dazed Malcolm for a second, but all might yet have been well were it not for an unavoidable accident.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
She was a woman of too much natural and acquired poise to remain askew under any shock.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
He feared to shock her by the sudden mention of the Senora's death; yet that would harm her less than continued anxiety.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Were he a young man, they could save him by cutting off his leg high up, but as it is he would not stand the shock.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
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Derived forms of shockshockable, adjectiveshockability, noun
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see culture shock.