Definition of shell shock in English:

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shell shock

Pronunciation: /ˈSHel ˌSHäk/


Psychological disturbance caused by prolonged exposure to active warfare, especially being under bombardment. Also called combat fatigue.
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.


World War I: with reference to exposure to shellfire.

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