stupefy

[stoo-puh-fahy, styoo-]
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; < Middle French stupefierLatin stupefacere to benumb, equivalent to stupe-, stem of stupēre to be numb or stunned + facere to make, do1; see -fy

stupefiedness [stoo-puh-fahyd-nis, -fahy-id-, styoo-] , noun
stupefier, noun
stupefyingly, adverb
unstupefied, adjective
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stupefy (ˈstjuːpɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to render insensitive or lethargic
2.  to confuse or astound
 
[C16: from Old French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere; see stupefacient]
 
'stupefier
 
n
 
'stupefying
 
adj
 
'stupefyingly
 
adv

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stupefy
1513 (implied in pp. stupefact), from M.Fr. stupéfier, from L. stupefacere "make stupid or senseless," from stupere "be stunned" (see stupid) + facere "to make" (see factitious).
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Example sentences
Burton lived by trying to stun and stupefy all around him, and he nearly stupefies this biographer.
For example, a plant called soap root was mashed and used not only as soap, but also to stupefy and catch fish.
The poisonous fruits, used to stupefy fish, are eaten by birds.
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