Definition of shell shock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


shell shock

BrE BrE//ˈʃel ʃɒk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃel ʃɑːk//
[uncountable] Mental and emotional problems
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a mental illness that can affect soldiers who have been in battle for a long time See related entries: Mental and emotional problems Word OriginFirst World War: with reference to exposure to shellfire.
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