shocked

adjective
\ ˈshäkt How to pronounce shocked (audio) \

Definition of shocked

1a : affected by shock : stricken with sudden mental or emotional disturbance "Oh, no!" Mrs. Quimby was shocked. "How much is that going to cost?"— Beverly Cleary … I am so shocked to see him that I do not know what to do.— Jane Austen
b : showing or expressing shock Her voice faltered as she saw the shocked amazement on her father's face.— Mary Norton In place of a roar at the end of the year's most anticipated race, there was only a shocked silence.— Tim Layden
2 of a mineral : having a crystal structure that has been deformed by exposure to sudden extremely high pressure (as from a meteorite impact or a nuclear blast) Grains of shocked quartz have long been used as criteria for impact (extraterrestrial objects or nuclear bombs) …— Stephen Jay Gould

First Known Use of shocked

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Shocked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shocked. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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