shell–shocked

adjective

Definition of shell–shocked

  1. 1 :  suffering from extreme emotional disturbance or post-traumatic stress disorder after experiencing combat or some other violent and traumatic event (such as a natural disaster) :  affected with or as if with combat fatigue

  2. 2 :  confused, upset, or exhausted as a result of a highly stressful or disturbing and often unexpected event or experience

1915

First Known Use of shell–shocked

1915


SHELL–SHOCKED Defined for English Language Learners

shell–shocked

adjective

Definition of shell–shocked for English Language Learners

  • : affected with battle fatigue

  • : very confused, upset, or exhausted because of something that has happened : very shocked


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shell–shocked

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adjective \ˈshel-ˌshäkt\

Medical Definition of shell–shocked

  1. :  affected with combat fatigue

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