Definition of stupefy in English:


Line breaks: stu|pefy
Pronunciation: /ˈstjuːpɪfʌɪ

verb (stupefies, stupefying, stupefied)

[with object]



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  • 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.


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  • Kitchen denied seven charges of administering a stupefying drug, namely amyl nitrate, to enable him to commit the indecent assaults, and not guilty verdicts were recorded on these charges.
  • We recall the voice, convincing and sustained, soaring intrepidly through a mass of stupefying calculation.
  • What we're left with is a highly polished domestic drama that is, frankly, a stupefying bore.


[as submodifier]: a stupefyingly tedious task
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  • 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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