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shell shocknoun [U]

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mentalillnesscaused by ​experiences of ​war: He said many of the men who were ​shot for ​cowardice were in ​factsuffering from ​shellshock.
(Definition of shell shock from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shell shocknoun [U]

mentalillness caused by ​experiences of ​war
shell-shocked
adjective
(Definition of shell shock from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shell shock”
in Chinese (Simplified) 炮弹休克,爆炸性精神异常…
in Chinese (Traditional) 炮彈休克,爆炸性精神異常, 震嚇癡呆症…
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