Definition of culture shock in US English:

culture shock

noun

  • The feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes.

    ‘jet lag, culture shock, altitude sickness; we struggle to get to grips with this, our first morning in South America’
    in singular ‘being at home with small babies is an instant culture shock to the young woman of the world’
    • ‘The culture shock for boys and girls who had known only the lifestyle they left behind in rural Ireland was undoubtedly great.’
    • ‘If you're looking for a more literal experience of culture shock, I've got that too.’
    • ‘As you read, please excuse me, for what I experienced was more culture shock than I did so many years ago.’
    • ‘She is returning for a family wedding in November and wants to know whether she will experience culture shock.’
    • ‘This is why culture shock is a temporary phenomenon.’
    • ‘While learning Arabic, people can experience a degree of culture shock.’
    • ‘The adaptation to a new culture can be so profound that most students feel reverse culture shock.’
    • ‘The culture shock of isolation will be considerable.’
    • ‘We had been living in Moscow for just three months - just about the right amount of time needed to work up a really good case of culture shock.’
    • ‘For those who don't understand, these students would have faced extreme culture shock.’
    • ‘The sudden culture shock at being thrown among those with very different work ethics and other attitudes can even be frightening.’
    • ‘They still have those moments of culture shock that I'm sure you can identify with.’
    • ‘He recalls experiencing his culture shock back in the 1990s during his first visit in the country.’
    • ‘To say I'm suffering from a combination of culture shock and stomach churning homesickness would be understating it.’
    • ‘She merely smiled when asked whether she had undergone any culture shock during her two-week visit.’
    • ‘It would be very normal for Westerners to experience some culture shock in Korea.’
    • ‘Arizona fans could be forgiven for experiencing spasms of such culture shock.’
    • ‘To many of the returnees, culture shock found in a corporate context is more frustrating than that in a societal context.’
    • ‘When asked if they had experienced any culture shock in the past two weeks, most smiled and said they were treated very well.’
    • ‘He spoke eloquently of the difficulties and culture shock he experienced upon his release.’

Pronunciation

culture shock

/ˈkəlCHər ˌSHäk//ˈkəltʃər ˌʃɑk/