Definition of stupefy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstjuːpɪfʌɪ/

verb (stupefies, stupefying, stupefied)

[with object]
1Make (someone) unable to think or feel properly: the offence 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.
stun, daze, befuddle, knock senseless, knock unconscious, knock out, lay out, benumb, numb
drug, sedate, anaesthetize, give anaesthetic to, tranquillize, narcotize;
intoxicate, inebriate;
knock out, render unconscious
informal dope
1.1Astonish and shock: the amount they spend on clothes would appal 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?’



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.


Pronunciation: /ˈstjuːpɪfʌɪɪŋ/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈstjuːpɪfʌɪɪŋli/
[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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