electric shock

Definitions of electric shock
  1. noun
    trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body (as from contact with high voltage lines or being struck by lightning); usually involves burns and abnormal heart rhythm and unconsciousness
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    type of:
    harm, hurt, injury, trauma
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  2. noun
    the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture
    “they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks
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    type of:
    torture, torturing
    the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason
    corporal punishment
    the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
  3. noun
    a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body
    “subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response”
    synonyms: electrical shock, shock
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