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[stoo-puh-fak-shuh n, styoo-] /ˌstu pəˈfæk ʃən, ˌstyu-/
the state of being stupefied; stupor.
overwhelming amazement.
Origin of stupefaction
1535-45; < New Latin stupefactiōn- (stem of stupefactiō) senseless state, equivalent to stupefact(us), past participle of stupefacere to stupefy + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "He's gone off with my gold," exclaimed Paul Nichols, recovering from his stupefaction.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • stupefaction was depicted on the major's face, and he became livid.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I looked at him in stupefaction, not quite sure if he was in his right mind.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Then, observing his stupefaction and the return of doubt to his mind, she hurried on.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • "It's impossible," said Vandeuvres, stupefaction and merriment in his tones.

  • Horrible was the stupefaction when those bodies were found there.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • And the stupefaction was the greater by reason of his extraordinary resemblance to Mathieu.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • So great and so general was the stupefaction that nobody followed him.

  • When John Storm returned to the door his mind was in a state of stupefaction.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for stupefaction


the act of stupefying or the state of being stupefied
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stupefaction

1540s, from Middle French stupéfaction (16c.) or Modern Latin stupefactionem (see stupefy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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