[stoo-per, styoo-]


suspension or great diminution of sensibility, as in disease or as caused by narcotics, intoxicants, etc.: He lay there in a drunken stupor.
mental torpor; apathy; stupefaction.

Origin of stupor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: astonishment, insensibility, equivalent to stup(ēre) to be numb or stunned + -or -or1
Related formsstu·por·ous, adjective

Synonyms for stupor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stupor

Contemporary Examples of stupor

Historical Examples of stupor

  • The boy, rousing for an instant, would lapse again into stupor.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Lucie had, by that time, fallen into a stupor on the floor at his feet, clinging to his hand.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • She, motionless in the stupor of her anxiety, had not taken her eyes from his face.

  • Once invaded by a question, Charley must answer it, or fail and fall into a stupor.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • He bent over her with stupor rather than grief stamped on his features.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for stupor



a state of unconsciousness
mental dullness; torpor
Derived Formsstuporous, adjective

Word Origin for stupor

C17: from Latin, from stupēre to be aghast
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Word Origin and History for stupor

late 14c., from Latin stupor "insensibility, numbness, dullness," from stupere "be stunned" (see stupid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stupor in Medicine




A state of impaired consciousness characterized by a marked diminution in the capacity to react to environmental stimuli.
Related formsstupor•ous adj.
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