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stupefy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stupefy make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow "stun fish"
    • v stupefy be a mystery or bewildering to "This beats me!","Got me--I don't know the answer!","a vexing problem","This question really stuck me"
    • v stupefy make dull or stupid or muddle with drunkenness or infatuation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stupefy To deprive of material mobility. "It is not malleable; but yet is not fluent, but stupefied ."
    • Stupefy To make stupid; to make dull; to blunt the faculty of perception or understanding in; to deprive of sensibility; to make torpid. "The fumes of drink discompose and stupefy the brain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stupefy To make stupid or torpid; blunt the faculties of: deprive of sensibility by any means; make dull or dead to external influences: as, to be stupefied by a blow on the head, by strong drink, or by grief.
    • stupefy To deprive of mobility: said of a substance or material.
    • stupefy To become stupid or torpid; lose interest or sensibility; grow dull.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Stupefy stū′pe-fī to make stupid or senseless: to deaden the perception: to deprive of sensibility
    • n Stupefy anything that stupefies, a narcotic drug
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Quotations

  • Robert Browning
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    “Good strong thick stupefying incense-smoke!”
  • Jean Baudrillard
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    “Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.”
  • Quentin Crisp
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    “Decency must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. stupéfier, fr. L. stupere, to be stupefied + ficare,in comp.) to make, akin to facere,. See Stupid Fact, and cf. Stupefacient

Usage

In literature:

He felt utterly stupefied.
"Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby and Other Stories" by Kathleen Norris
There was a stupefying prospect of wondrous things in profusion to eat and drink-jam, ginger-beer, cake!
"The Fortunate Youth" by William J. Locke
The sight of this convulsion is stupefying; truly it seems that it must have come from the center of the earth.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
We walked a dozen steps in stupefied union, and hit upon crossways.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
He is of a gravity to match that of his unexampled and all but stupefying mission.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
The poor woman listened with a stupefied air; big tears rolled down her cheeks.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
There was something so grand, so improbable, so unusual in the spectacle confronting them that they stared like children, aghast and stupefied.
"Graustark" by George Barr McCutcheon
BEES, in the, stupefied, bewildered.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
The two murderers contemplated one another, stupefied, pale, and trembling.
"Therese Raquin" by Emile Zola
Sophy, once captured, seemed stupefied: she evinced no noisy passion; she made no violent resistance.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
What secrets might the helpless wretch not have betrayed before the wine had completely stupefied him?
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
The keeper obeyed his instructions, looking half stupefied himself: he seemed to be even more afraid of the doctor than of the monkey.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
David sat looking at him in a stupefied silence.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Stunned, strangled, stupefied by his emotions, Marcel thought himself in a dream.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
If it is too prolonged it weakens and stupefies both body and mind.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
His attitude and mien were that of a man utterly stupefied.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Now, they were silent, and almost stationary, stupefied, distracted.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
As they pass on, the child is absolutely stupefied by terror.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
He saw the man was stupefied.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
In less than a minute it is stupefied and motionless.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
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In poetry:

And there I lay, stunned, stupefied,
Nor asked for comfort more;
My heart to hopeless, blank despair
Itself had given o'er.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
``With them I kneel, but neither praise nor pray,
While tapers burn, hymns float, and organ rolls,
Because I know that there too can I sway
And stupefy their souls.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Sometimes I can nor weep nor pray,
But am half stupefied:
And then all those who see me say
Mine eyes are opened wide And that my wits seem gone away—
Ah, would that I had died!
"Heart’s Chill Between" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Like the scent of grass ascending,
Like the crazed rainfall's mercury, the foliage among,
He stupefied the bark, approached the mouth, panting,
And, halting there, upon a braid he hung.
"Margarita" by Boris Pasternak
I might have been a worker, but I'm nothing but a drone.
I tell my idle stories in a philosophic tone.
In a fuzzy, spiny mantle of remoteness softly furled
I lie and watch with half-shut eyes the stupefying world.
"The Drone" by Gamaliel Bradford

In news:

Jordan does what he does, often as an afterthought, and our mouths open, stupefied.
Its proponents — more than 200 co-signers, mostly Republicans — may hope the stupefying title will lull voters into forgetting what the bill would do.
How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future.
There's no harm when a fan says he wants the head coach fired or the quarterback traded following a stupefying defeat -- or even after a particularly horrendous play.
It is, in fact, stupefyingly warm.
President Barack Obama's appearance on "The View" last week was "stupefyingly wrongheaded," said PR consultant, author and O'Dwyer's columnist Fraser Seitel during an appearance with Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel July 29.
President Barack Obama's appearance on "The View" last week was "stupefyingly wrongheaded, " said PR consultant, author and O'Dwyer's columnist Fraser Seitel during an appearance with Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel July 29.
Then stupefyingly pulls its punches until the closing minutes, when the film acknowledges in powerful but nonspecific terms, the staggering crises facing the Catholic Church.
It is stupefying that such an accomplished man as Neuharth would believe that "public schools are free" ("Column.
A stunned audience sat stupefied while many of Japan's citizens saw their lives literally fall into ruins.
At times stupefying, Gunderson's figurative images are evidence of an enviable talent.
My initial reaction upon being offered the assignment of writing a story on Cape Cod winter walks was a mortified and stupefied, "Me.".
You need stronger stuff, since it's a movie so stupefyingly bad it seems to have been made by people stoned on Prozac and helium.
But just because I work here doesn't mean I understand the stupefyingly strong local housing market.
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