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shock

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of shock

  1. 1 a forceful coming together of two things the whole railway platform shook from the shock of the two trains colliding Synonyms of shock bump, collision, concussion, crash, impingement, jar, jolt, jounce, kick, impact, slam, smash, strike, wallopWords Related to shock blow, buffet, hit, knock, punch, rap, slap, thump; bashing, battering, bludgeoning, clobbering, hammering, lambasting, licking, pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), thrashing; contact, encounter, meeting, touch

  2. 2 the state of being strongly impressed by something unexpected or unusual were in shock after they heard the news of the death of the president Synonyms of shock amazement, astonishment, surprise, startlement, stupefactionWords Related to shock awe, wonder, wonderment; startle; bewilderment, confusion, consternation, discomfiture, dismay

Synonym Discussion of shock

impact, collision, shock, concussion mean a forceful, even violent contact between two or more things. impact may be used to imply contact between two things, at least one of which is impelled toward the other.
    • the glass shattered on impact with the floor
collision implies the coming together of two or more things with such force that both or all are damaged or their progress is severely impeded.
    • the collision damaged the vehicle
shock often denotes the effect produced by a collision and carries the suggestion of something that strikes or hits with force.
    • the shock of falling rocks
concussion when not in technical use, often suggests the shattering, disrupting, or weakening effects of a collision, explosion, or blow.
    • bystanders felt the concussion of the blast

shock

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of shock

  1. 1 to cause an unpleasant surprise for Mom was shocked by the terrible news that her cousin had died in an accident I was shocked to find out that I was the victim of identity theft Synonyms of shock appall (also appal), floor, jolt, shake up Words Related to shock astonish, bowl over, dumbfound (also dumfound), flabbergast, freak (out), stun, stupefy; affright, alarm (also alarum), dismay, fright, frighten, horrify, panic, scare, scarify, spook, startle, terrify, terrorize; disgust, nauseate, repel, revolt, sicken, turn off; displease, offend, outrage, scandalize; amaze, astound, awe; chill, daunt, demoralize, dispirit, emasculate, undo, unman, unnerve, unstring; discomfort, discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, shake, unsettle, upset, weird out; crush, overpower, overwhelm Phrases knock for a loop Near Antonyms of shock buffer, cushion; delight, gratify, please, rejoice, tickle; charm, entice, tempt; assure, cheer, comfort, console, solace, soothe; reassure

  2. 2 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected were shocked by the way the law against public intoxication was constantly being broken Synonyms of shock amaze, astonish, astound, bowl over, dumbfound (also dumfound), flabbergast, floor, rock, surprise, startle, stun, stupefy, thunderstrikeWords Related to shock befuddle, bewilder, blindside, blow away, confound, confuse, daze, discomfit, disconcert, dismay, jar, muddle, nonplus, perplex, shake up

  3. 3 to strike with fear the sudden appearance of the ghost shocked us to the core Synonyms of shock affright, alarm (also alarum), fright, horrify, panic, scare, scarify, frighten, spook, startle, terrify, terrorizeWords Related to shock appall (also appal), bowl over, dismay, floor, jolt, shake, shake up; amaze, astound, awe; chill, daunt, demoralize, dispirit, emasculate, psych (out), undo, unman, unnerve, unstring; discomfort, discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distract, distress, disturb, perturb, unsettle, upset, worryNear Antonyms of shock assure, cheer, comfort, console, solace, soothe; embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire, steelAntonyms of shock reassure



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