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benumb

[ bih-nuhm ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to make numb; deprive of sensation:

    benumbed by cold.

  2. to render inactive; deaden or stupefy.


benumb

/ bɪˈnʌm /

verb

  1. to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
  2. usually passive to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)


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Derived Forms

  • beˈnumbingly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • be·numbed·ness [bih-, nuhmd, -nis, -, nuhm, -id-], noun
  • be·numbing·ly adverb
  • be·numbment noun
  • unbe·numbed adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of benumb1

1350–1400; back formation from Middle English benomen, past participle of benimen to take away, Old English beniman; cognate with Dutch benemen, German benehmen, Gothic biniman. See be-, nimble, numb
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Example Sentences

He further says they dwarf the body, benumb the brain and weaken character.

The cold closely surrounding air zone appears to benumb or paralyze them, and they drop in great numbers near the margin.

What a multitude of impressions were stored in her sensitive mind, impressions which, for the moment, seemed to benumb her!

They have every one of them passions of their own, that rouse and awaken, stupefy and benumb them, without our leave or consent.

It is well established that even small quantities of alcohol weaken the will power and benumb the mental powers.

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