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[stoo-puh-fak-shuh n, styoo-] /ˌstu pəˈfæk ʃən, ˌstyu-/
the state of being stupefied; stupor.
overwhelming amazement.
Origin of stupefaction
1535-45; < New Latin stupefactiōn- (stem of stupefactiō) senseless state, equivalent to stupefact(us), past participle of stupefacere to stupefy + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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  • Then, observing his stupefaction and the return of doubt to his mind, she hurried on.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • "He's gone off with my gold," exclaimed Paul Nichols, recovering from his stupefaction.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • These hurriedly-spoken commands aroused the boys from their stupefaction, and in an instant all three leaped toward the pantry.

    A Runaway Brig; James Otis
  • I looked at him in stupefaction, not quite sure if he was in his right mind.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The bourgeois looked in stupefaction at this reinforcement that was about to join the attacking party.

    Chicot the Jester Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • "It's impossible," said Vandeuvres, stupefaction and merriment in his tones.

  • If luck was with him, that stupefaction might last the whole day.

    No Charge for Alterations Horace Leonard Gold
  • Horrible was the stupefaction when those bodies were found there.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • At this word, Jean Valjean, who was dejected and seemed overwhelmed, raised his head with an air of stupefaction.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for stupefaction


the act of stupefying or the state of being stupefied
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stupefaction

1540s, from Middle French stupéfaction (16c.) or Modern Latin stupefactionem (see stupefy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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