Adjective "shocked" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience.
  1. 'Rochdale Football Club earned a shock victory over Premiership giants Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.'
  2. 'The morning after is one of the most serious gastronomic shocks you will ever experience.'
  3. 'Yet I have not forgotten the experience - the shock of discovery.'
  4. 'The atmosphere was electric all night: the match was filled with shocks and surprises for everyone.'
  5. 'In January it won a shock election victory in Halifax.'
  6. 'And so nobody else has to go through this experience and the shock initially when that happens.'
  7. 'Pain is the most primal of human experiences; the rude shock of being born is our first encounter with intense discomfort.'
  8. 'However, the doctor warns that her heart is still very weak and any sudden shocks or surprises could kill her.'
  9. 'You worry your system might not survive the shock if you experience too long of a lapse between nervous breakdowns.'
  10. 'The mature students were protesting at the shock announcement of the end of childcare funding.'
  11. 'her death gave us all a terrible shock'
  12. 'And so they probably got the biggest shock of their life when he signed on the dotted line.'
  13. 'A headteacher has spoken of his shock at the sudden death of one of his popular young pupils.'
  14. 'After the subtle shock wore off, everyone was muttering about interrupting the movie.'
  15. 'Amelia stared at him in shock for a moment, hardly daring to believe.'
  16. 'Today's news will come as a considerable shock to the Scottish political system.'
  17. 'The doctor had said the master was going to be fine as long as he took things a little easier, so his sudden death was a shock.'
  18. 'The blonde stared after her in shock for a moment, then huffed angrily.'
  19. 'He knew she was still recovering from the shock of seeing Chance and Ricky kissing.'
  20. 'Sputtering, he broke the surface, a look of utter shock on his face.'
  21. 'I think you are denying the shock of this experience upon you because you speak of it in a dismissive sort of air.'
  22. 'A visitor from Communist Eastern Europe would have suffered only the mildest culture shock.'
  23. 'I can never get over the shock of seeing Jake actually partake in classroom activities.'
  24. 'trading imbalances caused by the two oil shocks'
  25. 'Part of the industrialised world's mistrust of Opec dates back to the oil shock of 1973 that sent the global economy into crisis.'
  26. 'A dollar shock will be experienced only if the value jumps by a further 30 per cent.'
  27. 'The combination of the oil shock and Fed actions doomed the US to fifteen months of recession.'
  28. 'These theories (and remember, they are just theories) range from economic shocks like the oil crisis of the 1970s to changes in government policy.'
  29. 'The need for exchange rate adjustments depends on the importance and character of economic shocks.'
  30. 'It would be irresponsible to assert that information technologies can counteract any or all external economic shocks.'
  31. 'The capacity of stock markets to absorb external shocks should not surprise us.'
  32. 'In order to enable the Fed's policy makers to guard the economy against various shocks, economists have devised various formulas for the efficient conduct of monetary policy.'
  33. 'However, we are concerned that any negative shocks on the economy, such as coups, will suppress exports, increasing the coefficient from 0.78.'
  34. 'The oil price shocks of the 1970s are a good example.'
  35. 'Then the dog received shocks from all parts of the floor at random.'
  36. 'These electrodes serve a dual function: recording the electrocardiogram and giving a shock if indicated.'
  37. 'No shocks occurred after medical therapy was optimized.'
  38. 'Defibrillation therapy delivers such a strong shock that you may feel as if you're being kicked in the chest by a horse.'
  39. 'Hyperosmotic shock experiments were performed according to Schuster et al.'
  40. 'Automated external defibrillators offer lifesaving shocks to the heart'
  41. 'A voice chip tells the user when a shock should be administered.'
  42. 'Built-in computers analyze the person's heart rhythm and interpret the rhythms that require defibrillation shocks.'
  43. 'She caught her breath and allowed the shock to course through her.'
  44. 'In this case, the sequence of shocks was terminated.'
An acute medical condition associated with a fall in blood pressure, caused by such events as loss of blood, severe burns, allergic reaction, or sudden emotional stress, and marked by cold, pallid skin, irregular breathing, rapid pulse, and dilated pupils.
  1. 'I have heard him lecture on malaria, septic shock, the medical significance of tattoos and the art of memoir writing.'
  2. 'Blood loss and shock display the same symptoms.'
  3. 'In our study, however, only 1 of 11 control patients with septic shock received hydrocortisone.'
  4. 'When he died from shock and blood loss, she dumped his body in a local park.'
  5. 'Unconscious for three days from shock and loss of blood, he woke to find himself back in Texas at the burns centre.'
  6. 'I myself was stung by some wasps and went into mild anaphylactic shock.'
  7. 'The autopsy report confirmed that Leo had died from hemorrhagic shock - heavy loss of blood.'
  8. 'They suffer anaphylactic shock, which prevents them breathing.'
  9. 'Hypovolaemic shock follows major blood loss which may be caused by trauma or during surgery.'
  10. 'After several days, the symptoms may progress to severe breathing problems and shock.'
  11. 'Contraindications to the vaccines can be as severe as allergic shock, collapse, seizures, permanent brain injury or death.'
  12. 'Severe sepsis and septic shock are life threatening complications of infections and the most common cause of death in intensive care units.'
A violent shaking movement caused by an impact, explosion, or tremor.
  1. mass noun 'rackets today don't bend or absorb shock the way wooden rackets do'
  2. 'They are almost certainly unsafe, as they cannot absorb the shock of an impact, even at slow speeds.'
  3. 'It also works the leg muscles for longer periods of time than running and produces less than half the impact shock to joints that running does.'
  4. 'Peeling himself off the disgusting plastic cover, Dylan shook the shock of the impact from his head and quickly regained his senses.'
  5. 'Under the impact of the shock, the fish float to the surface, becoming an easy prey.'
  6. 'Shock and vibration - the spacecraft will be subjected to vibration and mechanical shocks during launch and separation from the launcher.'
  7. 'These are designed to absorb the energy of recoil gradually, avoiding violent shock or movement of the carriage.'
  8. 'The shock of impact riddled both pilots with confusion, stumbling to regain control of their mechs.'
  9. 'Runners should take smaller quantities more often as the shock from each impact may cause gastric stress.'
  10. 'Violent shocks punctuated the strong shaking which lasted some 45 to 60 seconds.'
  11. 'The mountains absorbed the shock and explosive power of the ordnance.'
  1. 'Improved suspension parts ranging from bushings to springs, shocks and tires make this vehicle a stand out in terms of handling and ride quality.'
  2. 'You know, the caked in clay inside the frame channel and bent steel brake lines and rusted shocks.'
  3. 'Such products may include oil filters, air filters, shocks, spoilers, or headlamps, as they in effect, are part of the truck.'
  4. 'The suspension is upgraded with new bushings, springs and shocks and the tuning is refined for better ride and handling.'
  5. 'A country with bad roads does not require ceramic engines; it needs vehicles with rugged axles and shocks.'


Cause (someone) to feel surprised and upset.
  1. 'She was shocked but not surprised about the accident on Saturday.'
  2. 'She was visibly upset, and it shocked me, watching her.'
  3. 'Well, actually I'm extremely shocked and surprised because it is coming at the wrong time.'
  4. 'I was shocked and surprised at this whole event, the arrests, everything.'
  5. 'I was shocked and surprised when I learnt of this fact.'
  6. 'They were very private but I was still shocked and upset when I heard the news.'
  7. 'I was shocked, surprised, and still wondering how he had found me - he had just stepped out of the shadows, saving the day.'
  8. '‘I was really shocked and upset when I came across a series of unpleasant e-mails about me,’ the woman said.'
  9. 'A family was shocked and upset when they returned from holiday to find their home had been trashed in a burglary.'
  10. 'We thought it was a blessing that neither of them suffered, but we were still shocked and upset.'
  11. 'the revelations shocked the nation'
  12. 'While others were quite shocked or even offended by the waitress's behaviour, I was very amused.'
  13. 'It was a revelation that shocked a public that had thought itself inured to stories of criminal excess.'
  14. 'Later he became the supreme 1960s dandy subversive, shocking the nation by being the first man to use the f-word on television.'
  15. 'Many of your readers will have been shocked by your revelations.'
  16. 'The revelation has shocked environmentalists who are demanding an urgent investigation into the risks of the contamination spreading.'
  17. 'The report shocked the world and outraged the Arab world.'
  18. 'We of the international scientific community were shocked and outraged at the conditional approval of the project.'
  19. 'As people of a nation, we have always been shocked and disgusted with dirty politics.'
  20. 'he shocked so easily'
  21. 'They have decades of experience and aren't shocked easily but they are becoming more and more disillusioned with present day Ireland.'
  22. 'I'm not easily shocked, but when mum asked if I thought she should get a tattoo, I was mildly surprised and not a little curious.'
  23. 'It is good that we are no longer so easily shocked.'
  24. 'Perhaps it is a case of the British becoming more blasé, less easily shocked than the national stereotype and a mountain of British farces on stage and screen would have you believe.'
  25. 'And even though I'm not easily shocked, I'm easily embarrassed.'
Affect with physiological shock, or with an electric shock.
  1. 'The treatment, which essentially involves shocking the brain with electricity, was very effective in tackling depression, she and her husband were told.'
  2. 'His heart was electrically shocked back to a normal rhythm.'
  3. 'It may also be good for the Democrats, who could use a jolt of electricity to shock them out of their smug complacency.'
  4. 'They draw power from nearby electricity lines to shock the fish.'
  5. 'Those who survived reported being brutally beaten, shocked with electrodes, subjected to sexual abuse and kept naked in cells with little or no food or water.'
  6. 'One person, identified in court documents as an inmate named Rasheed, told lawyers his tongue was shocked with electricity and his toenails pulled out.'
  7. 'Faye screamed as the lightning went through her body as electricity shocked her entire body.'
  8. 'Last year I developed an abnormal heart rhythm and had to be shocked with electrocardioversion to get back into normal rhythm.'
Collide violently.


    An unkempt or thick mass of hair.
    1. 'His eyes were blue and shone through a shock of thick ebony black hair.'
    2. 'A shock of black hair, like healthy lunar wheat, frames her features.'
    3. 'He had a thick shock of dark brown hair, with a little gray peeking in around his temples and just above his ears.'
    4. 'At a party I met a striking young woman whose hair escaped in a shock of dark anarchic curls.'
    5. 'His skin was so pale white and atop his head sat a shock of hair as black as the night sky.'
    6. 'Amongst those in the queue is a tall woman with a shock of black hair.'
    7. 'Shorter than any of the others, her head was adorned with a shock of black hair.'
    8. 'When I open them again, I'm greeted with a pair of worried black eyes surrounded by a shock of black hair.'
    9. 'I noticed him, at first, because of his shock of white hair.'
    10. 'Almost immediately I saw a shock of red hair appear from behind a beam.'

    More definitions

    1. a sudden and violent blow or impact; collision.

    2. a sudden or violent disturbance or commotion: the shock of battle.

    3. a sudden or violent disturbance of the mind, emotions, or sensibilities: The burglary was a shock to her sense of security. The book provided a shock, nothing more.

    4. the cause of such a disturbance: The rebuke came as a shock.

    5. Pathology. a collapse of circulatory function, caused by severe injury, blood loss, or disease, and characterized by pallor,

    More examples(as adjective)

    "places can be shocked by natures."

    "people can be shocked with disbeliefs."

    "people can be shocked of bonds."

    "people can be shocked by incidents."

    "people can be shocked by developments."

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    (shock)Mid 17th century: origin uncertain; compare with obsolete shough, denoting a breed of lapdog. The word originally denoted a dog with long shaggy hair, and was then used as an adjective meaning ‘unkempt, shaggy’. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.


    short, sharp shock
    shock horror!