1. electric shock, corporal punishment, torture, torturing
usage: the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture; "they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks"
2. electric shock, injury, hurt, harm, trauma
usage: trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body (as from contact with high voltage lines or being struck by lightning); usually involves burns and abnormal heart rhythm and unconsciousness
usage: a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body; "subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response"; "electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"