- to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
- to render inactive; deaden or stupefy.
Origin of benumb
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Examples from the Web for benumbed
I lay down on a deck-chair, and when dawn came was benumbed and sleepy.My Double Life
It is so cold, so dark, my senses are so benumbed, and the gloom upon me is so dreadful.A Tale of Two Cities
The heart may be quite happy and strong when the hands are benumbed with cold.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
The icy water so benumbed us we could scarcely control our limbs.The Long Labrador Trail
But the gathering grew sad, benumbed, as it were, with lassitude.His Masterpiece
- to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
- (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
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Word Origin and History for benumbed
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