elec·​tro·​shock | \ i-ˈlek-trō-ˌshäk How to pronounce electroshock (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The report said officers tried using PepperBall launchers at Porter to no effect, and an electroshock weapon also didn’t subdue Porter because of his thick winter coat. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 The treatment can also incorporate electroshock — a treatment briefly banned by the Food and Drug Administration before being reinstated last year. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Slip on your latex spy suit, pack your electroshock bubbles, and arm yourself with instant cement — the beloved Y2K movie franchise Spy Kids is getting the Netflix film reboot treatment. Seventeen, 31 Mar. 2022 During the trial, witnesses described a gallery of torture techniques: detainees were brutally and regularly beaten, suspended from their hands and subjected to electroshock and housed in filthy conditions for weeks if not months. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Oaks categorically denied that BYU had used electroshock therapies on gay students during his tenure from 1971 to 1980. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 Experts testified that, over the course of those nine minutes, Lakey experienced over 3 minutes of electroshock. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 11 Nov. 2021 The case involving the fight with the officer in jail dates to November 2018, when Cruz was accused of assaulting an officer and grabbing his electroshock weapon while being held in a Fort Lauderdale jail. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 The separate case involving Mr. Cruz’s fight with the sheriff’s deputy dates back to November 2018, when Mr. Cruz assaulted the officer and grabbed his electroshock weapon while being held in a Fort Lauderdale jail. After Sgt. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of electroshock

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2022

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“Electroshock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroshock. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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