Synonyms for shock

Synonyms for (noun) shock

Synonyms: electric shock, electrical shock, shock

Definition: a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body

Usage: subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response; electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks

Similar words: unconditioned reflex, inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response

Definition: an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus


Synonyms: shock, impact

Definition: the violent interaction of individuals or groups entering into combat

Usage: the armies met in the shock of battle

Similar words: scrap, combat, fight, fighting

Definition: the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

Usage: a fight broke out at the hockey game; there was fighting in the streets; the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap


Synonyms: shock, shock absorber, cushion

Definition: a mechanical damper; absorbs energy of sudden impulses

Usage: the old car needed a new set of shocks

Similar words: damper, muffler

Definition: a device that decreases the amplitude of electronic, mechanical, acoustical, or aerodynamic oscillations


Synonyms: shock, blow

Definition: an unpleasant or disappointing surprise

Usage: it came as a shock to learn that he was injured

Similar words: surprise

Definition: a sudden unexpected event


Synonyms: shock, jolt, jounce, jar

Definition: a sudden jarring impact

Usage: the door closed with a jolt; all the jars and jolts were smoothed out by the shock absorbers

Similar words: bump, blow

Definition: an impact (as from a collision)

Usage: the bump threw him off the bicycle


Synonyms: seismic disturbance, shock

Definition: an instance of agitation of the earth's crust

Usage: the first shock of the earthquake came shortly after noon while workers were at lunch

Similar words: earthquake, quake, seism, temblor

Definition: shaking and vibration at the surface of the earth resulting from underground movement along a fault plane of from volcanic activity


Synonyms: stupor, daze, shock

Definition: the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally

Usage: his mother's death left him in a daze; he was numb with shock

Similar words: stupefaction

Definition: a feeling of stupefied astonishment


Synonyms: shock

Definition: a bushy thick mass (especially hair)

Usage: he had an unruly shock of black hair

Similar words: mass

Definition: an ill-structured collection of similar things (objects or people)


Synonyms: shock

Definition: a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field

Usage: corn is bound in small sheaves and several sheaves are set up together in shocks; whole fields of wheat in shock

Similar words: heap, cumulation, cumulus, agglomerate, mound, pile

Definition: a collection of objects laid on top of each other


Synonyms: shock

Definition: (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

Usage: loss of blood is an important cause of shock

Similar words: collapse, prostration

Definition: an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

Usage: the commander's prostration demoralized his men

Synonyms for (verb) shock

Synonyms: shock, traumatise, traumatize

Definition: inflict a trauma upon

Similar words: wound, injure

Definition: cause injuries or bodily harm to


Synonyms: shock

Definition: subject to electrical shocks

Similar words: treat, care for

Definition: provide treatment for

Usage: The doctor treated my broken leg; The nurses cared for the bomb victims; The patient must be treated right away or she will die; Treat the infection with antibiotics


Synonyms: shock

Definition: collect or gather into shocks

Usage: shock grain

Similar words: collect, pull together, garner, gather

Definition: assemble or get together

Usage: gather some stones; pull your thoughts together


Synonyms: shock

Definition: collide violently

Similar words: clash, collide

Definition: crash together with violent impact

Usage: The cars collided; Two meteors clashed


Synonyms: shock

Definition: strike with horror or terror

Usage: The news of the bombing shocked her

Similar words: dismay, horrify, appal, appall, alarm

Definition: fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

Usage: I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview; The news of the executions horrified us


Synonyms: blow out of the water, ball over, shock, floor, take aback

Definition: surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off

Usage: I was floored when I heard that I was promoted

Similar words: surprise

Definition: cause to be surprised

Usage: The news really surprised me


Synonyms: scandalise, scandalize, shock, appal, appall, outrage, offend

Definition: strike with disgust or revulsion

Usage: The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends

Similar words: churn up, nauseate, sicken, revolt, disgust

Definition: cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

Usage: The pornographic pictures sickened us