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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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  • 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.

  • He had, in truth, the dazed manner of one stupefied by some powerful narcotic.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • And this is what I had been stupefied to note: he was clean shaven!

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • He, stupefied, watched her trotting to and fro, twisting about and singing as she went.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Gagniere was stupefied; where the deuce could he have lost her?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Then Claude, stupefied by that triumph, virtually forgot everything else.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
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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