[ stoo-puh-fahy, styoo- ]
/ ˈstu pəˌfaɪ, ˈstyu- /
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verb (used with object), stu·pe·fied, stu·pe·fy·ing.
to put into a state of little or no sensibility; benumb the faculties of; put into a stupor.
to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion.
to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish.
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Origin of stupefy
OTHER WORDS FROM stupefystu·pe·fied·ness [stoo-puh-fahyd-nis, -fahy-id-, styoo-], /ˈstu pəˌfaɪd nɪs, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-, ˈstyu-/, nounstu·pe·fi·er, nounstu·pe·fy·ing·ly, adverbun·stu·pe·fied, adjective
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How to use stupefy in a sentence
No matter how often people claim otherwise, Americans are more stupefied by certain things than obsessed with them.Michelle vs. the All-American Jackass|Stanley Crouch|March 25, 2009|DAILY BEAST
And she dragged a part of it across the floor, and threw it under the bed, Ramona standing by, stupefied.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
He mingled with the mob, leaving Philip stupefied for several seconds, unable to credit sight and hearing.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
The Dales and Ward, walking toward the end cabin when Dicks was killed, halted and stood as if stupefied.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
Then the intelligence of the poor people, stupefied by cold and fright, seemed suddenly to awaken.
The duke could not restrain a smile at the bewilderment of the Nabob, stupefied to find him so well informed.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for stupefy
/ (ˈstjuːpɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to render insensitive or lethargic
to confuse or astound
Derived forms of stupefystupefier, nounstupefying, adjectivestupefyingly, adverb
Word Origin for stupefy
C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient
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