Definition of shockumentary in English:


Syllabification: shock·u·men·ta·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌSHäkyəˈmentərē

noun (plural shockumentaries)

  • A documentary film or program that deals with subjects such as death or violence in a graphic and often sensationalized way.
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    • Is there a real shift here in political documentaries that are starting to become more like mockumentaries or shockumentaries.
    • The life and death of a 70s pop star is told as a bizarre shockumentary - with Barbie dolls standing in for actors.
    • But there is a humanity here, and a sense of humor, both of which are lacking from 99% of the later shockumentaries.


1970s: blend of shock1 and documentary.

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