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benumb Syllabification: be·numb
Pronunciation: /bəˈnəm/

Definition of benumb in English:


[with object] (often as adjective benumbed)
Deprive of physical or emotional feeling: a hoarse shout cut through his benumbed senses
More example sentences
  • Unfortunately, the audience becomes so benumbed by the endless carnage that any emotional connection to the individual players is reduced to an insulting inconsequentiality.
  • Something has benumbed our consciousness against this reality.
  • Those macabre photographs that benumbed the civilised world were worth a million words each.


Late 15th century: from obsolete benome, past participle of benim 'deprive', from be- (expressing removal) + Old English niman 'take'.

Words that rhyme with benumb

become, Brum, bum, chum, crumb, drum, glum, gum, ho-hum, hum, Kara Kum, lum, mum, numb, plum, plumb, Rhum, rhumb, rum, scrum, scum, slum, some, strum, stum, succumb, sum, swum, thrum, thumb, tum, yum-yum
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