shock treatment

shock treatment
treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions
Syn: ↑shock therapy
Hypernyms: ↑therapy

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shock therapy or shock treatment noun
1. The use of electric shocks in the treatment of mental disorders
2. The use of violent measures to change someone's way of thinking (figurative)
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Main Entry:shock

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shock treatment variant UK US
Main entry: shock therapy

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shock treatment,
1. = shock therapy. (Cf.shock therapy)
2. any act that is deliberately intended to shock: »

In 1861 he [William Henry Seward] had been willing to provoke war with England and Spain in the rash hope that the shock treatment of trouble abroad would draw the seceded states back into the Union (Atlantic).

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ˈshock therapy [shock therapy] (also ˈshock treatment) noun uncountable
a way of treating mental illness by giving ↑electric shocks or a drug that has a similar effect

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