stupefying

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Stupefy \Stu"pe*fy\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Stupefied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stupefying}.] [F. stup['e]fier, fr. L. stupere to be stupefied + ficare (in comp.) to make, akin to facere. See {Stupid}, {Fact}, and cf. {Stupefacient}.] [Written also {stupify}, especially in England.]

1. 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. --South.

2. To deprive of material mobility. [Obs.]

It is not malleable; but yet is not fluent, but stupefied. --Bacon.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

stupefying

adjective

1: so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm; "such an enormous response was astonishing"; "an astounding achievement"; "the amount of money required was staggering"; "suffered a staggering defeat"; "the figure inside the boucle dress was stupefying" [syn: {astonishing}, {astounding}, {staggering}, {stupefying}]

2: making physically stupid or dull or insensible; "a stupefying blow to the head"; "the stupefying effects of hemp"

3: shocking with surprise and consternation; "the stupefying impact of the tragedy"


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