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[stoo-puh-fak-shuh n, styoo-]
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  1. the state of being stupefied; stupor.
  2. overwhelming amazement.
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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
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Related Words for stupefaction

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

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British Dictionary definitions for stupefaction


  1. astonishment
  2. 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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