Synonyms of shock

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1 a forceful coming together of two things
  • the whole railway platform shook from the shock of the two trains colliding

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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

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Synonyms & Antonyms of shock (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

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3 to strike with fear
  • the sudden appearance of the ghost shocked us to the core

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How is the word shock different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of shock are collision, concussion, and impact. While all these words mean "a forceful, even violent contact between two or more things," 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

When can collision be used instead of shock?

In some situations, the words collision and shock are roughly equivalent. However, 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

Where would concussion be a reasonable alternative to shock?

The synonyms concussion and shock are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

When is impact a more appropriate choice than shock?

The words impact and shock can be used in similar contexts, but 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

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The first known use of shock was in the 14th century

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“Shock.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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