- 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
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Examples from the Web for stupefyingly
His accomplishments, especially in peacemaking, were stupefyingly important.Ben Stein Slams CNN’s ‘Our Nixon’
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And really Mr. Dundass pictures this year had been stupefyingly clever.The Angel of Pain
E. F. Benson
The mighty arms spread wide as the beast plunged, stupefyingly quick for all his vast bulk and stunted legs.Shadows in the Moonlight
Robert E. Howard
Bobby had shown himself on the road out to Bern a difficult boy, and stupefyingly ignorant.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
The extent to which some persons can go on reading without having any clear idea of what they read is stupefyingly amazing!Talks on the study of literature.
- to render insensitive or lethargic
- to confuse or astound
C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient
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Word Origin and History for stupefyingly
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