from The Century Dictionary.

  • Numb or torpid, either physically or morally: as, benumbed limbs; benumbed faith.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Made torpid; numbed; stupefied; deadened.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of benumb.
  • adjective Lacking sensation; numb
  • adjective Lacking interest; dulled

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure
  • adjective lacking sensation


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  • . . . my mouth stayed mute and benumbed until I realized I could feel my tongue—feel it in the phantom form of the kind of air bladder that might help a fish with his respiration problems, but was useless to me.

    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins! p. 245

    June 13, 2009