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[stoo-per, styoo-] /ˈstu pər, ˈstyu-/
suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.:
He lay there in a drunken stupor.
mental torpor; apathy; stupefaction.
Origin of stupor
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: astonishment, insensibility, equivalent to stup(ēre) to be numb or stunned + -or -or1
Related forms
stuporous, adjective
2. inertia, lethargy, daze. Unabridged
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  • The boy, rousing for an instant, would lapse again into stupor.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Lucie had, by that time, fallen into a stupor on the floor at his feet, clinging to his hand.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • She, motionless in the stupor of her anxiety, had not taken her eyes from his face.

  • Once invaded by a question, Charley must answer it, or fail and fall into a stupor.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • He bent over her with stupor rather than grief stamped on his features.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for stupor


a state of unconsciousness
mental dullness; torpor
Derived Forms
stuporous, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from stupēre to be aghast
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Word Origin and History for stupor

late 14c., from Latin stupor "insensibility, numbness, dullness," from stupere "be stunned" (see stupid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stupor in Medicine

stupor stu·por (stōō'pər, styōō'-)
A state of impaired consciousness characterized by a marked diminution in the capacity to react to environmental stimuli.

stu'por·ous adj.
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