Definition of shell shock in English:

shell shock

Syllabification: shell shock

noun

  • Psychological disturbance caused by prolonged exposure to active warfare, especially being under bombardment. Also called combat fatigue.
    More example sentences
    • PTSD, once referred to as shell shock or battle fatigue, was first brought to public attention by war veterans, but it can result from any number of traumatic incidents.
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder - once known as shell shock - is sadly just as relevant as ever.
    • Appendix A is an interesting but rather detached precis of chemical warfare and shell shock.

Origin

World War I: with reference to exposure to shellfire.

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