culture shock

noun
a state of bewilderment and distress experienced by an individual who is suddenly exposed to a new, strange, or foreign social and cultural environment.

Origin:
1955–60

culture-shocked, adjective
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culture shock
 
n
sociol the feelings of isolation, rejection, etc, experienced when one culture is brought into sudden contact with another, as when a primitive tribe is confronted by modern civilization

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culture shock n.
A condition of confusion and anxiety affecting a person suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or milieu.

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Idioms & Phrases

culture shock

A state of confusion and anxiety experienced by someone upon encountering an alien environment. For example, It's not just jet lagit's the culture shock of being in a new country. This term was first used by social scientists to describe, for example, the experience of a person moving from the country to a big city. It is now used more loosely, as in the example. [Late 1930s]

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Example sentences
To say she experiences culture shock is an understatement.
Their wealth presents a culture shock to the citizenry.
Yet today, looking back at the lively pages of the first issues can trigger
  considerable culture shock.
As of right now though, that would be too much of a culture shock.
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