Someone who's shocked is unpleasantly surprised. A shocked audience might gasp and cover their faces as the sword swallower begins to actually swallow a sword.

In its earliest use, shocked described people who were "shaken violently," like the shocked victims of a car crash or a shocked survivor of the Titanic. Today it's also used to mean "scandalized," like the shocked readers of a gossip column. Shocked can be traced back to the noun shock and its original sixteenth century meaning, "a violent encounter between warriors."

Definitions of shocked
  1. adjective
    struck with fear, dread, or consternation
    synonyms: aghast, appalled, dismayed
    filled with fear or apprehension
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