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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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  • Later on, the seniors went outside and handed water to stupefied people shuffling uptown.
  • Surplus countries are simply stupefied by their plight.
  • The three adventurous companions were surprised and stupefied, despite their scientific reasonings.
  • They were alone, they were older, they were stupefied by the demands of language.
  • We have thousands of prisoners, and they seem to be stupefied by the news.
  • But surely those who first peered into the caves' depths must have been stupefied by the foreign, unimaginable world before them.
British Dictionary definitions for stupefied

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 stupefied

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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