culture shock

noun

Definition of culture shock

:a sense of confusion and uncertainty sometimes with feelings of anxiety that may affect people exposed to an alien culture or environment without adequate preparation

Examples of culture shock in a Sentence

  1. Foreign students often experience culture shock when they first come to the U.S.

  2. Moving to the city was a huge culture shock for him.

First Known Use of culture shock

1932


CULTURE SHOCK Defined for English Language Learners

culture shock

noun

Definition of culture shock for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of confusion, doubt, or nervousness caused by being in a place (such as a foreign country) that is very different from what you are used to


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culture shock

noun

medical Definition of culture shock

:a sense of confusion and uncertainty sometimes with feelings of anxiety that may affect people exposed to an alien culture or environment without adequate preparation

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