Definitions

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  • n. The act of making blunt, dull, or stupid.
  • n. The state of being blunted or dulled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of making blunt, dull, or stupid.
  • n. The state of being blunted or dulled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of making blunt or dull, or the state of being blunt or dull.

Etymologies

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Latin hebetatio: compare French hébétation.

Examples

  • Mr. Southey has fallen, it seems, into a mournful condition: oblivion, mute hebetation, loss of all faculty.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • The young priest was reminded of one of his uncles, who, after thirty years spent in the offices of a French public department, displayed the same lifeless glance, parchment-like skin, and weary hebetation.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • Rondibilis, that wine abateth lust, my meaning is, wine immoderately taken; for by intemperancy proceeding from the excessive drinking of strong liquor there is brought upon the body of such a swill-down boozer a chillness in the blood, a slackening in the sinews, a dissipation of the generative seed, a numbness and hebetation of the senses, with a perversive wryness and convulsion of the muscles — all which are great lets and impediments to the act of generation.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • When I say, quoth Rondibilis, that wine abateth lust, my meaning is, wine immoderately taken; for by intemperancy proceeding from the excessive drinking of strong liquor there is brought upon the body of such a swill-down boozer a chillness in the blood, a slackening in the sinews, a dissipation of the generative seed, a numbness and hebetation of the senses, with a perversive wryness and convulsion of the muscles -- all which are great lets and impediments to the act of generation.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

  • a chillness in the blood, a slackening in the sinews, a dissipation of the generative seed, a numbness and hebetation of the senses, with a perversive wryness and convulsion of the muscles, all which are great lets and impediments to the act of generation.

    Aphrodisiacs and Anti-aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction

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