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stupefy

[stoo-puh-fahy, styoo-]
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verb (used with object), stu·pe·fied, stu·pe·fy·ing.
  1. to put into a state of little or no sensibility; benumb the faculties of; put into a stupor.
  2. to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion.
  3. to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish.

Origin of stupefy

1590–1600; < Middle French stupefierLatin stupefacere to benumb, equivalent to stupe-, stem of stupēre to be numb or stunned + facere to make, do1; see -fy
Related formsstu·pe·fied·ness [stoo-puh-fahyd-nis, -fahy-id-, styoo-] /ˈstu pəˌfaɪd nɪs, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-, ˈstyu-/, nounstu·pe·fi·er, nounstu·pe·fy·ing·ly, adverbun·stu·pe·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stupefied

Historical Examples

  • She went slowly from the room, and he remained staring, stupefied.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • I was stupefied and desperate afterwards on hearing all that people told me.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • She was a foreigner, but spoke French so perfectly that I was stupefied.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I must confess that I was stupefied with admiration for this plucky man.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • But she looked at the trees and was stupefied, for not a leaf was stirring.


British Dictionary definitions for stupefied

stupefy

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to render insensitive or lethargic
  2. to confuse or astound
Derived Formsstupefier, nounstupefying, adjectivestupefyingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient
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Word Origin and History for stupefied

stupefy

v.

1510s (implied in past participle stupefact), from Middle French stupéfier, from Latin stupefacere "make stupid or senseless," from stupere "be stunned" (see stupid) + facere "to make" (see factitious).

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