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stun

[stuhn] /stʌn/
verb (used with object), stunned, stunning.
1.
to deprive of consciousness or strength by or as if by a blow, fall, etc.:
The blow to his jaw stunned him for a moment.
2.
to astonish; astound; amaze:
Her wit stunned the audience.
3.
to shock; overwhelm:
The world was stunned by the attempted assassination.
4.
to daze or bewilder by noise.
noun
5.
the act of stunning.
6.
the condition of being stunned.
Origin of stun
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English stonen, stunen (v.) < Old French estoner to shake, make resound; see astonish
Related forms
unstunned, adjective
Synonyms
2, 3. See shock1 . 4. stupefy.
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  • In its figurative sense it can be used to describe a series of incidents calculated to shock or to stun by the enormity of them.

  • Their intention was to stun her only and then make off with her little bag.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • He had hoped by a sudden and overwhelming attack to stun the man and get the girl out into the street.

  • But I'll be durned if I ever seen a stun fired as neat as that!

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • He fired, the core of the stun beam striking full into the flat dish of the alien's "face."

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for stun

stun

/stʌn/
verb (transitive) stuns, stunning, stunned
1.
to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
2.
to shock or overwhelm
3.
to surprise or astound
noun
4.
the state or effect of being stunned
Word Origin
C13 stunen, from Old French estoner to daze, stupefy, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested), from Latin ex-1 + tonāre to thunder
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Word Origin and History for stun
v.

c.1300, "to daze or render unconscious" (from a blow, powerful emotion, etc.), probably a shortening of Old French estoner "to stun" (see astonish). Stunning popularized for "splendid, excellent" c.1849.

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