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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of stupefying.
  • n. The state of being stupefied.
  • n. Great astonishment or consternation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of dismay; shock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of stupefying, or the state of being stupefied.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of stupefying, or the state of being stupefied.
  • n. A stolid or senseless state; torpor; insensibility; stupidity.

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

  • n. a feeling of stupefied astonishment
  • n. the action of stupefying; making dull or lethargic
  • n. marginal consciousness


Ultimately from Latin stupefaciō ("strike dumb, stun with amazement, stupefy"), from stupeō ("I am stunned, speechless") (English stupid, stupor) + faciō ("do, make"). (Wiktionary)



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