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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 of stupefy
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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  • And really Mr. Dundass pictures this year had been stupefyingly clever.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
  • The mighty arms spread wide as the beast plunged, stupefyingly quick for all his vast bulk and stunted legs.

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
  • Bobby had shown himself on the road out to Bern a difficult boy, and stupefyingly ignorant.

  • The extent to which some persons can go on reading without having any clear idea of what they read is stupefyingly amazing!

British Dictionary definitions for stupefyingly

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 stupefyingly

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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