shock value

noun

Definition of shock value

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

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“Shock value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shock%20value. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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