[stoo-puh-fak-shuh n, styoo-]


the state of being stupefied; stupor.
overwhelming amazement.

Origin of stupefaction

1535–45; < New Latin stupefactiōn- (stem of stupefactiō) senseless state, equivalent to stupefact(us), past participle of stupefacere to stupefy + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stupefaction

bewilderment, stupor, surprise, perplexity, amazement, wonderment, wonder

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Contemporary Examples of stupefaction

  • The reaction to her selection in much of the GOP establishment ranged from stupefaction to scorn.

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Historical Examples of stupefaction

British Dictionary definitions for stupefaction



the act of stupefying or the state of being stupefied
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Word Origin and History for stupefaction

1540s, from Middle French stupéfaction (16c.) or Modern Latin stupefactionem (see stupefy).

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