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1 [+ object] : to surprise and usually upset (someone)

The attack shocked the world.

His anger shocked us.

— often used as (be) shocked

They were shocked to discover/learn that their son was taking drugs.

— often + at or by

I am shocked at/by how easy it was to do.

Everyone was deeply shocked at/by her behavior.

We were shocked by the news of her death.

— often + into

We were shocked into silence by what we saw.  [=we were so surprised and upset by what we saw that we could not say anything]

The news was so upsetting that people were finally shocked into (taking) action.

2 : to cause (someone) to feel horror or disgust

[+ object]

He enjoys shocking his readers.

I was shocked by their bad language.

[no object]

The art exhibit is meant to shock.

shocked adjective

She had a shocked look on her face.

He stood in shocked silence after hearing the news.

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