Psychological disturbance caused by prolonged exposure to active warfare, especially being under bombardment: figurative he’s still suffering from shell shock after his divorce 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.
First World War: with reference to exposure to shellfire.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: shell shock
Definition of shell shock in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.