in a state of shock


: experiencing a sudden usually unpleasant or upsetting feeling because of something unexpected
They were in a state of shock after hearing the news.
medical : suffering from a serious condition in which the body is not able to get enough blood to all the parts of the body
He was in a state of shock after the accident.

Examples of in a state of shock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marino’s mother has been in a state of shock since both her son’s death and the district attorney’s decision not to prosecute Netesh. Elizabeth Keogh, New York Daily News, 8 May 2024 Society’s sacred monsters at the top have been in a state of shock ever since. Liz Smith, Vulture, 31 Jan. 2024 Gordon’s sudden passing left those who knew him at his former high school and elsewhere in a state of shock, a tragedy that still did not seem real a day later. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 31 May 2024 Yeah, Cap gets put into the hospital in a very severe situation and leaves the whole team, the 118, in a state of shock and hopelessness. Patrick Gomez,, 29 May 2024 The Langston players, who won 16 straight games and had not lost since Feb. 1, appeared in a state of shock afterward, as did its large delegation of fans and booming band. Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star, 27 Mar. 2024 The massacre in the kibbutzim along Israel’s southern border had left victims’ relatives in a state of shock. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, The Atlantic, 9 Jan. 2024 World & Nation Many Israeli writers are still in a state of shock and unable to process Oct. 7 Dec. 19, 2023 Israel and the United Nations have traded blame over the bottleneck of crucial supplies at Gaza’s borders. A Special Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 Andre's arrest left his mother in a state of shock and disbelief. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 9 Dec. 2023

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“In a state of shock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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