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

  • n. A state of reduced or suspended sensibility.
  • n. A state of mental numbness, as that resulting from shock; a daze. See Synonyms at lethargy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of reduced consciousness or sensibility.
  • n. A state in which one has difficulty in thinking or using one’s senses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Great diminution or suspension of sensibility; suppression of sense or feeling; lethargy.
  • n. Intellectual insensibility; moral stupidity; heedlessness or inattention to one's interests.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Suspension or great diminution of sensibility; a state in which the faculties are deadenee or dazed; torpidity of feeling.
  • n. Intellectual insensibility; dullness of perception or understanding; mental or moral numbness.

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

  • n. the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally
  • n. marginal consciousness


Middle English, from Latin, from stupēre, to be stunned.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin stupor ("insensibility, numbness, dullness"), from stupeō, from Proto-Indo-European *stewp-. Distantly related (from Proto-Indo-European, via Proto-Germanic) to stint, stub, and steep. (Wiktionary)



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