shock value

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of shock value

: usefulness to surprise and usually upset people
  • He uses offensive language for (its) shock value.

Word by Word Definitions

shock play
  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

  1. : the impact or encounter of individuals or groups in combat

  2. : a violent shake or jar : concussion

  3. : an effect of such violence

  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. : bushy, shaggy

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

value play
  1. : the monetary worth of something : market price

  2. : a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged

  3. : relative worth, utility, or importance

  1. : to consider or rate highly : prize, esteem

  2. : to estimate or assign the monetary worth of : appraise

  3. : to rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth : evaluate


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