Definition of torpefy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːpɪfʌɪ/

verb (torpefies, torpefying, torpefied)

[with object] formal
Make (someone or something) numb, paralysed, or lifeless.
Example sentences
  • She is not done with you yet: she has only torpefied your energies a little.
  • I felt a bit like a torpefied Superman a lot of times - Ireland is my Cryptonite, when I'm there I can't do anything, I have to be outside the country.
  • On my death-bed, I will choose upon your merits as I consider them, whether to return as an electrifying eel, a hoary stickleback or a shoal of quicksilver fish, adept at exploring new routes among the labyrinth passages within the flesh and bones of your torpefied body.


Early 19th century: from Latin torpefacere, from torpere 'be numb or sluggish'.

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