The refugee stories are compelling at first, but horrific details are numbing.
It is hard not to be moved when Americans talk about the anguish of losing their jobs, giving voice to the numbing statistics.
I don't know if it was Nguyen's words or the rush of human blood, but my thoughts sank quickly into numbing euphoria.
c.1400, nome, "deprived of motion or feeling," literally "taken, seized," from past participle of nimen "to take, seize," from Old English niman "to take, catch, grasp" (see nimble). The extraneous -b (to conform to comb, limb, etc.) appeared 17c. The notion is of being "taken" with palsy, shock, and especially cold. Figurative use from 1560s.
1550s, from numb (adj.). Related: Numbed; numbing.
Being unable or only partially able to feel sensation or pain; deadened or anesthetized.
Being emotionally unresponsive; indifferent.
Stupid; unresponsive (1950s+)