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Sunday Word: Stupefy

stupefy [stoo-puh-fahy, styoo-]
verb:

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

Examples:

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)

Origin:

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)


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