Synonyms of shock


1. daze, shock, stupor, stupefaction

usage: the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally; "his mother's death left him in a daze"; "he was numb with shock"

2. shock, impact, fight, fighting, combat, scrap

usage: the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat; "the armies met in the shock of battle"

3. electric shock, electrical shock, shock, reflex, reflex response, reflex action, instinctive reflex, innate reflex, inborn reflex, unconditioned reflex, physiological reaction

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"

4. shock, collapse, prostration

usage: (pathology) bodily collapse or near collapse caused by inadequate oxygen delivery to the cells; characterized by reduced cardiac output and rapid heartbeat and circulatory insufficiency and pallor; "loss of blood is an important cause of shock"

5. shock, seismic disturbance, earthquake, quake, temblor, seism

usage: an instance of agitation of the earth's crust; "the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch"

6. shock, blow, surprise

usage: an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; "it came as a shock to learn that he was injured"

7. shock, pile, heap, mound, agglomerate, cumulation, cumulus

usage: a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field; "corn is bound in small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in shocks"; "whole fields of wheat in shock"

8. shock, mass

usage: a bushy thick mass (especially hair); "he had an unruly shock of black hair"

9. jolt, jar, jounce, shock, blow, bump

usage: a sudden jarring impact; "the door closed with a jolt"; "all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers"

10. shock absorber, shock, cushion, damper, muffler

usage: a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses; "the old car needed a new set of shocks"


1. shock, floor, ball over, blow out of the water, take aback, surprise

usage: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off; "I was floored when I heard that I was promoted"

2. shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrage, disgust, revolt, nauseate, sicken, churn up

usage: strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

3. shock, dismay, alarm, appal, appall, horrify

usage: strike with horror or terror; "The news of the bombing shocked her"

4. shock, collide, clash

usage: collide violently

5. shock, gather, garner, collect, pull together

usage: collect or gather into shocks; "shock grain"

6. shock, treat, care for

usage: subject to electrical shocks

7. traumatize, traumatise, shock, injure, wound

usage: inflict a trauma upon

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Definition and meaning of shock (Dictionary)