- 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.
Origin of stupefy
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Examples from the Web for stupefying
The blast was a stupefying white flash followed by a body-shaking howl, and it was the cue for a maelstrom of metallic shrieks.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
Alig became hooked on heroin, ketamine, cocaine, and Rohypnol—a stupefying blend of substances for the once sober partier.The Party Monster Lives For the Applause: Michael Alig’s Second Act
February 28, 2014
One can hypothesize that the bad decision came after the consumption of stupefying substances.New Hope for Amanda Knox
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 4, 2010
The mourning is universal and genuine, the consternation is stupefying.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
He was a brave man, but the cloud of doubt had been stupefying.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Winslow was the first to recover from the stupefying beauty of the spectacle.
The tragedy was stupefying—it was unthinkable—it was the mockery of Fate!The Clansman
In January he would rescue his Leonardo from this stupefying twaddle.A Room With A View
E. M. Forster
- to render insensitive or lethargic
- to confuse or astound
C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient
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Word Origin and History for stupefying
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