July 14th, 2019

words 6

Sunday Word: Stupefy

stupefy [stoo-puh-fahy, styoo-]

1 make (someone) unable to think or feel properly, to make stupid, groggy, or insensible

2 stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion

3 astonish and shock


To stupefy oneself with other wines, is brutal; but to raise oneself to the seventh heaven with thee, is quite ethereal. (Newton Forster, Captain Frederick Marryatt)

These words seemed at first to stupefy Mat: they burst upon him in the shape of a revelation for which he was totally unprepared. (Wilkie Collins, Hide and Seek)


1510s (implied in past participle stupefact), from Middle French stupefier, from Latin stupefacere 'make stupid or senseless,' from stupere 'be stunned' + facere 'to make'. (Dictionary.com)