verb (stupefies, stupefying, stupefied)[with object]
1Make (someone) unable to think or feel properly: the offense of administering drugs to a woman with intent to stupefy her
More example sentences
- Rachel was stupefied, unable to do anything but stop her trembling lips.
- The challenge is how to properly honor King, without stupefying readers whose eyes glaze at the thought of hearing yet another recitation of the famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
- When I walked out of the movie theatre after seeing the film, I was stupefied.
1.1Astonish and shock: the amount they spend on clothes would appall their parents and stupefy their grandparents
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- I felt rather sorry for him, having to find out stuff like this, and after going through my own share of shocks, I knew just how mind-wracking and stupefying this could be.
- Most of the audience with whom I saw the film seemed as stupefied and astonished as I was by the dullness of the proceedings.
- The audience is often stupefied, thinking, ‘Are they really doing that?’
shock, stun, astound, dumbfound, overwhelm, stagger, amaze, astonish, take aback, take someone's breath away
informal flabbergast, bowl over, floor
- Example sentences
- Alcohol is one of our milder stupefiers and may have made civilization both necessary and possible.
- Man's principal stupefiers are not opiates, or alcohol, or even sugar - but sex, territory and self-advancement.
- Even without artificial stupefiers like alcohol and narcotics to help them, people routinely achieve irrelevance by adhering to or seeking out a maladaptive schema.
- [as submodifier]: a stupefyingly tedious taskMore example sentences
- You'll recall that just prior to the mergers, in a stupefyingly narcissistic tribute to themselves, several Côte-St-Luc councillors renamed most of the city's parks in their own honour.
- But traditionally they play a stupefyingly defensive game, as if too much scoring would somehow cause people to doubt their masculinity.
- Their speeches can be stupefyingly boring, as if they are reciting parrot-fashion from books, and full of cliches.
Late Middle English: from French stupéfier, from Latin stupefacere, from stupere 'be struck senseless'.
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