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stupefy

[stoo-puh-fahy, styoo-] /ˈstu pəˌfaɪ, ˈstyu-/
verb (used with object), stupefied, stupefying.
1.
to put into a state of little or no sensibility; benumb the faculties of; put into a stupor.
2.
to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion.
3.
to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French stupefierLatin stupefacere to benumb, equivalent to stupe-, stem of stupēre to be numb or stunned + facere to make, do1; see -fy
Related forms
stupefiedness
[stoo-puh-fahyd-nis, -fahy-id-, styoo-] /ˈstu pəˌfaɪd nɪs, -ˌfaɪ ɪd-, ˈstyu-/ (Show IPA),
noun
stupefier, noun
stupefyingly, adverb
unstupefied, adjective
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  • Burton lived by trying to stun and stupefy all around him, and he nearly stupefies this biographer.
  • For example, a plant called soap root was mashed and used not only as soap, but also to stupefy and catch fish.
  • The poisonous fruits, used to stupefy fish, are eaten by birds.
British Dictionary definitions for stupefy

stupefy

/ˈstjuːpɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to render insensitive or lethargic
2.
to confuse or astound
Derived Forms
stupefier, noun
stupefying, adjective
stupefyingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient
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Word Origin and History for stupefy
v.

1510s (implied in past participle stupefact), from Middle French stupéfier, from Latin stupefacere "make stupid or senseless," from stupere "be stunned" (see stupid) + facere "to make" (see factitious).

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