shell shock

shell shock
noun
a mental disorder caused by stress of active warfare
Hypernyms: ↑posttraumatic stress disorder, ↑PTSD

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noun
: any of numerous psychoneurotic conditions akin to hysteria and anxiety neurosis appearing in soldiers exposed to modern warfare — compare combat fatigue

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shell shock UK US noun [uncountable]
a mental illness that affects soldiers who have fought in a war and makes them extremely nervous or confused
Thesaurus: specific mental illnesses and general words for mental illnesshyponym general words for illnesses, diseases and medical conditionssynonym

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shell shock,
any nervous or mental disorder resulting from the strain of combat in war; combat neurosis.

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n. see combat fatigue (sense 1). and compare with post-traumatic stress syndrome
Derivatives:
shell-shocked adj.
Origin:
World War I: with reference to exposure to shellfire

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noun [noncount]
old-fashioned :battle fatigue

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ˈshell shock noun uncountable
a mental illness that can affect soldiers who have been in battle for a long time
 
Word Origin:
[shell shock] First World War: with reference to exposure to shellfire.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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