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stupefy

[stoo-puh-fahy, styoo-] /ˈstu pəˌfaɪ, ˈstyu-/
verb (used with object), stupefied, stupefying.
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
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 forms
stupefiedness
[stoo-puh-fahyd-nis, -fahy-id-, styoo-] /ˈstu pəˌfaɪd nɪs, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-, ˈstyu-/ (Show IPA),
noun
stupefier, noun
stupefyingly, adverb
unstupefied, adjective
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  • The unexpected blow had stupefied the farmer; he had grown very white.

    Autumn Glory Ren Bazin
  • The tyrants halted, and gazed at me with a look of stupefied astonishment.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • She took up the new bottle with the rubber on the end and looked at it in stupefied, aimless disgust.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • The countess was stupefied;—she could not speak, or stoop, or stir.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Used as David was to her, it stupefied him; he stared at her, and was all abroad.

  • The countess was gazing upon Madeleine with an air of stupefied grief.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • For a moment he stood like one stupefied, glancing from the wretched board to the miserable dress of the old man and his daughter.

    The Poor Gentleman Hendrik Conscience
  • He was stupefied to learn that he had a commercial value; he never had suspected it.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • Natalie Lind sat there as one stupefied—breathless, silent, trembling.

    Sunrise William Black
  • Leander was stupefied by such an unlooked-for misconception.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for stupefied

stupefy

/ˈstjuːpɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to render insensitive or lethargic
2.
to confuse or astound
Derived Forms
stupefier, noun
stupefying, adjective
stupefyingly, 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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