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

Examples of electroshock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the Franco era, Spain imposed legal restrictions on women in the workforce and sent homosexuals to camps, prisons and mental hospitals for electroshock treatment. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, 20 July 2023 The shooting reportedly hit an electrical wire which fell on the ground and caused electroshocks, which triggered more panic in the crowd, witnesses said. Somayeh Malekian, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2023 This cultivated at the end of Season 3, when Hank saved Cristobal from his estranged wife, who was trying to perform some kind of electroshock torture/conversion therapy on him. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 1 May 2023 Daniel Rodriguez, 38, was accused of injuring a D.C. Metropolitan police officer with an electroshock weapon as the mob of Trump backers was forcing its way into the building in an attempt to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 His public defense attorney, Aaron Jensen, claims that Holder has a history of mental-health issues, including electroshock-therapy treatment. Natalie Hope McDonald, Vulture, 2 June 2022 But the past won’t be so easily left behind, as Ettore’s mother and brother abduct him and set him on a course of conversion therapy that includes ruinous electroshock treatment. Guy Lodge, Variety, 6 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of electroshock was in 1938

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“Electroshock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electroshock. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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elec·​tro·​shock -trō-ˌshäk How to pronounce electroshock (audio)
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