stun grenade


plural stun grenades
: an explosive device that produces a blinding flash of light and a sudden, loud noise : flash-bang
After initially holding back, the police fired stun grenades, tear gas and hard sponge bullets and sent in officers on horseback, prompting demonstrators to accuse them of the kind of police brutality that they had turned out to protest in the first place.Isabel Kershner

Examples of stun grenade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, a mobile trailer being used by sheriff’s deputies at the Marina del Rey sheriff’s station during a training exercise caught fire when a non-explosive device used to simulate a stun grenade started a fire that engulfed the trailer. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2024 Israeli forces used stun grenades when pounding down doors, and employed artillery, airstrikes and heavy gunfire throughout their operation, according to residents. Aya Batrawy, NPR, 6 Apr. 2024 Scuffles broke out between police and protesters in the capital and in similar protests in Thessaloniki, the country's second-largest city, where riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to repel demonstrators throwing paint, stones and Molotov cocktails. Derek Gatopoulos and Costas Kantouris, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 Shaw entered the Capitol despite witnessing police deploying stun grenades and tear gas to keep rioters out. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 At yet another university, officers fired stun grenades at students. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 In the West Bank, Palestinian security forces shot stun grenades and tear gas to break up protesters demonstrating against Abbas, who is widely unpopular among Palestinians. John Hudson, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 On a narrow street leading into Hebron, where about 700 settlers occupy an enclave in the historic center of a city of more than 200,000 Palestinians, Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 When the assailants began throwing grenades into the shelter, Mr. Shapira, the off-duty soldier, tossed back at least eight stun grenades and live grenades, with some help, according to survivors. Isabel Kershner Amit Elkayam, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stun grenade was in 1952

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“Stun grenade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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