from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A condition of confusion and anxiety affecting a person suddenly exposed to an alien culture or milieu.

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  • noun anthropology, sociology A state of anxious confusion experienced by someone exposed to an alien or unfamiliar environment.

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  • noun a condition of disorientation affecting someone who is suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or way of life or set of attitudes


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