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stupefy | stupefaction

stupefy stupefying stupefaction
amaze or make insensible
  • How to Memorize
    • stupefy - dumbfound
  • Analysis

    If somebody or something were to ‘stupefy’ you, they would leave you temporarily unable to think clearly or do anything. Unlike other words with a similar meaning, there are a number of different things that can leave you in this state, ranging from surprise or extreme boredom, to fear, sadness, or intoxication. For that reason, it can have both positive and negative connotations.

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  • Example(s)
    1. The lecturer droned on so much in class that I was left stupefied. I just totally zoned out as if I were in a trance.

    2. I was all set to leave the company, but then they offered me a stupefying amount of money to stay which I couldn’t turn down.

    3. None of us knew what to say when we were first told the bad news. We just sad silently in horror and stupefaction.