Definition of shock tactic in English:

shock tactic

noun

  • A strategy that uses violent or extreme action or imagery to shock someone into doing something.

    ‘they are prepared to use shock tactics to get their message across’
    • ‘While modern photographers could be accused of relying too much on shock tactics, it could be argued that artists of an earlier age were shackled by the whims and foibles of their wealthy patrons.’
    • ‘There's nothing like shock tactics to get people's attention, but the banking giant has highlighted an increasingly complex area that is crying out for fleet managers' careful attention - insurance.’
    • ‘When we are dealing, as the Samaritans do, with terrible situations sometimes you need to adopt shock tactics to get your point across.’
    • ‘Normally I would say that shock tactics don't work.’
    • ‘Some shock tactics are useful, in that they promote frank and open debate about profanity, sexism, and, most importantly, rape and violence against women.’
    • ‘Fairness is not using shock tactics on unsuspecting restaurant patrons who are minding their own business having a meal in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.’
    • ‘Although the organisation uses shock tactics, it has not been directly involved in any violent action.’
    • ‘These kind of shock tactics are just ridiculous.’
    • ‘The EU hopes its shock tactics will consign the belief that smoking is cool to the ashtray once and for all.’
    • ‘Each page is intelligently written and well focused, and the site as a whole is admirable in its avoidance of shock tactics (although some of its pictures may not be suitable for younger children).’
    • ‘For most directors, these would be shock tactics, but the Madrid maestro combines the elements in an elaborate and teasing structure of flashbacks that build up considerable suspense.’
    • ‘There was no reprieve from the shock tactics of the advertising agencies.’
    • ‘Using human bone as an art-making material seems manipulative, a shock tactic.’
    • ‘Critics of the production claim that in the present climate, and given the controversial theme of the work, it is ‘morally irresponsible’ to use theatrical shock tactics such as these.’
    • ‘The shock tactics are being used as the festive season brings extra dangers, including the use of candles and fairy lights.’
    • ‘As the tide rushes out for smoking, the widespread use of extreme visual shock tactics on the packs is approaching just as fast.’
    • ‘In such an event, I fear I would be forced to resort to even more gruesome and offensive shock tactics to attract (admittedly, negative) attention to myself.’
    • ‘His shock tactics often cloak sophisticated interrogations of narrative and genre conventions.’
    • ‘This is the kind of shock tactic that is his trademark.’
    • ‘She's aware that neither shock tactics nor the softly-softly approach can be allowed to obscure the gallery's international profile.’

Pronunciation:

shock tactic

/ʃɑk ˈtæktɪk/