combat fatigue


combat fatigue
   an unwillingness or inability to continue fighting
   Not just weariness from broken nights, poor shelter, irregular food, unchanged clothing, lice, ulcers, and the other discomforts of active service but a reaction to prolonged exposure to danger and seeing the death and mutilation of comrades:
    He is suffering from what you call combat fatigue, and is subject to fits of depression and hallucination. (Shaw, 1946)
   As with battle fatigue, it was difficult for those undergoing the same dangers and privations to distinguish between psychological disturbance and cowardice.

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  • combat fatigue — n. a psychoneurotic condition characterized by anxiety, irritability, depression, etc., often occurring after prolonged combat in warfare * * * ▪ psychology also called  battle fatigue,  or  shell shock,         a neurotic disorder caused by the… …   Universalium

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  • combat fatigue — n. a psychoneurotic condition characterized by anxiety, irritability, depression, etc., often occurring after prolonged combat in warfare …   English World dictionary

  • combat fatigue — noun a mental disorder caused by stress of active warfare • Syn: ↑battle fatigue, ↑combat neurosis, ↑shell shock • Hypernyms: ↑posttraumatic stress disorder, ↑PTSD * * * noun [noncount] : ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • combat fatigue — combat fa,tigue noun uncount a mental illness caused by a reaction to fighting in a war …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • combat fatigue — com·bat fatigue käm .bat n post traumatic stress disorder occurring under wartime conditions (as combat) that cause intense stress called also battle fatigue, shell shock, war neurosis …   Medical dictionary

  • combat fatigue — noun Date: 1943 post traumatic stress disorder under wartime conditions (as combat) that cause intense stress called also battle fatigue, shell shock …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • combat fatigue — battle fatigue, traumatic condition suffered by soldiers who have been in combat …   English contemporary dictionary

  • combat fatigue — com′bat fatigue n. psi battle fatigue • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • combat fatigue — noun 1》 more recent term for shell shock. 2》 (combat fatigues) uniform worn by soldiers in combat …   English new terms dictionary


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