be numb

benumb

[bih-nuhm]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
2.
to render inactive; deaden or stupefy.

Origin:
1350–1400; back formation from Middle English benomen, past participle of benimen to take away, Old English beniman; cognate with Dutch benemen, German benehmen, Gothic biniman. See be-, nimble, numb

benumbedness [bih-nuhmd-nis, -nuhm-id-] , noun
benumbingly, adverb
benumbment, noun
unbenumbed, adjective
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benumb (bɪˈnʌm)
 
vb
1.  to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
2.  (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
 
be'numbingly
 
adv

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benumb
late 15c., from be- + numb. Originally of mental states; of the physical body from 1520s.
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