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[stoo-puh-fahy, styoo-] /ˈstu pəˌfaɪ, ˈstyu-/
verb (used with object), stupefied, stupefying.
to put into a state of little or no sensibility; benumb the faculties of; put into a stupor.
to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion.
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 forms
[stoo-puh-fahyd-nis, -fahy-id-, styoo-] /ˈstu pəˌfaɪd nɪs, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-, ˈstyu-/ (Show IPA),
stupefier, noun
stupefyingly, adverb
unstupefied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stupefy
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  • The life of a country gentleman did not dull or stupefy him, or lead him to gross indulgences.

    George Washington, Vol. I Henry Cabot Lodge
  • If the old man had meant to stupefy his questioner, he could not better have succeeded.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • The rage of his being seemed to stupefy him; he could not resist the sensation of the unnatural.

  • When he felt it whipping about in him, he drank alcohol to stupefy it and get some ease for himself.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • There are low people who stupefy themselves with cheap brandy, but they are not common.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • I was obliged to etherize it a little, so as to stupefy it, and render it less uneasy.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • Billy chews great quantities of tobacco, which I suppose helps to stupefy and moderate his misery.

  • Religion seems to have no other object, than to stupefy the mind.

    Good Sense Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
  • A man has recourse to wine in order to stupefy himself and produce an illusion of well-being and happiness.

  • It was part of the plan to stupefy the prisoners with drugged liquor.

    The Home Life of Poe Susan Archer Weiss
British Dictionary definitions for stupefy


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to render insensitive or lethargic
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 stupefy

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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