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stupefy

[ 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

1590–1600; <Middle French stupefier ≪ Latin stupefacere to benumb, equivalent to stupe-, stem of stupēre to be numb or stunned + facere to make, do1; see -fy
stu·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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British Dictionary definitions for stupefy

stupefy
/ (ˈstjuːpɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to render insensitive or lethargic
to confuse or astound
stupefier, nounstupefying, adjectivestupefyingly, adverb
C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient
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