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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden, sometimes violent, scare or other intense emotional disturbance.
The murder was a shock to the community.The news of their son's accident came as a shock to them.
blow, jar, jolt
definition 2: a sudden, violent impact.
The shock of the explosion knocked down trees and buildings.
concussion, crash, impact
similar words:
buffet, collision, jolt
definition 3: the physical response to electrical current passing through a living body.
The boy inserted a pin into the electrical outlet and received a shock.
definition 4: a failure of the circulatory system caused by serious injury or illness, characterized by depression of various vital signs.
The patient went into shock before the ambulance reached the hospital.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: shocked, shocking, shocks
definition 1: to agitate suddenly, causing intense surprise, dismay, disgust, or the like.
His wife shocked him with the news that she wanted a divorce.The leader's assassination shocked the public.It shocked me that he could be so cruel.It shocked them to discover that all their money had been taken.It shocks people when they hear of such terrible things happening in their own neighborhood.
dismay, electrify, jolt, stagger, stun, surprise
similar words:
agitate, appall, astonish, astound, bowl over, daze, discombobulate, discompose, disgust, disturb, dumbfound, horrify, offend, outrage, repel, revolt, rock, shake, startle, upset
definition 2: to give an electric shock to.
The experimenters shocked the laboratory rats.
similar words:
burn, electrify, electrocute, jolt
definition 3: to hit or strike against with sudden violence.
The giant wave shocked the side of the ship.
bash, hit, jolt, strike
similar words:
bang, crash, impact, wallop
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to collide violently.
collide, hit, strike
similar words:
crash, impact, smash
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derivation: shockable (adj.)
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  • shocked:
    feeling shock.
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