Definition of benumb in English:


Line breaks: be¦numb
Pronunciation: /bɪˈnʌm


[with object] (often as adjective benumbed)
  • Deprive of physical or emotional feeling: a hoarse shout cut through his benumbed senses
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    • 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'.

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