in a state of shock

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Definition of in a state of shock

1 : experiencing a sudden usually unpleasant or upsetting feeling because of something unexpected
  • They were in a state of shock after hearing the news.
2 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.

Word by Word Definitions

state play
  1. : mode or condition of being

  2. : condition of mind or temperament

  3. : a condition of abnormal tension or excitement

  1. : to set by regulation or authority

  2. : to express the particulars of especially in words : report

shock play
  1. : a sudden or violent mental or emotional disturbance

  2. : a disturbance in the equilibrium or permanence of something

  3. : something that causes such disturbance

  1. : to strike with surprise, terror, horror, or disgust

  2. : to cause to undergo a physical or nervous shock

  3. : to subject to the action of an electrical discharge

  1. : a thick bushy mass (as of hair)

  1. : bushy, shaggy

  1. : a pile of sheaves of grain or stalks of corn set up in a field with the butt ends down

  1. : to collect into shocks


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