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stupor

[stoo-per, styoo-]
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noun
  1. suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.: He lay there in a drunken stupor.
  2. 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 formsstu·por·ous, adjective

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2. inertia, lethargy, daze.
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Examples from the Web for stuporous

Historical Examples

  • Meta S. (Case 15) claimed that while stuporous her tongue would not move.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • The stuporous face is empty, that of the other lined with melancholy.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • August, 1907:—Has been again in a stuporous state for four days.

  • The next stage is reached where the stuporous case can be stood upon his feet but cannot be induced to walk.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • In 24 hours she woke up, began to sing "Rest for the Weary," prayed, then was stuporous again for six hours.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


British Dictionary definitions for stuporous

stupor

noun
  1. a state of unconsciousness
  2. mental dullness; torpor
Derived Formsstuporous, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from stupēre to be aghast
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Word Origin and History for stuporous

stupor

n.

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

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stuporous in Medicine

stupor

(stōōpər)
n.
  1. A state of impaired consciousness characterized by a marked diminution in the capacity to react to environmental stimuli.
Related formsstupor•ous adj.
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