shell-shocked
a) Stunned or mentally unbalanced by prolonged stress such as experienced in combat or under fire (shell-fire); suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Glenn Kilbourne had returned from France early that fall, shell-shocked and gassed, and otherwise incapacitated for service in the army—a wreck of his former sterling self.

b) Confused as a result of a traumatic experience.

With inflationary pressures easing and economic concerns mounting, shell-shocked investors are seeking the protection of government securities.


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  • shell-shocked — adj 1.) informal feeling tired, confused, or anxious because of a recent difficult experience 2.) old fashioned mentally ill because of the terrible experiences of war …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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