- to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
- to render inactive; deaden or stupefy.
Origin of benumb
Examples from the Web for benumb
Historical Examples of benumb
He was strangely reticent; my news seemed to benumb and sicken him.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
In these baths he can benumb the torment of the body with which he is encumbered.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
The effect of this announcement was to benumb his faculties.Great African Travellers
Slavery seems to benumb all the faculties except the passions.Andersonville, Volume 3
How intense must have been the suffering that could so benumb the heart!The Allen House
T. S. Arthur
- to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
- (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)