Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A state of reduced sensibility or consciousness.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Latin, from stupēre, to be stunned.]

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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.

Examples

  • I was near a dead man myself, that night, mostly in stupor, only dimly aware at times of the extremity of cold and wet that I endured.

    Chapter 19

  • I was near a dead man myself, that night, mostly in stupor, only dimly aware at times of the extremity of cold and wet that I endured.

    Chapter 19

  • Igor, in his drunken stupor is now lying on top on KK.

    Squirrel Fights 2008--Round Deux

  • If you are among the people who missed the big game, the Super Bowl, today I call stupor Monday, must be like that.

    CNN Transcript Feb 5, 2007

  • I was near a dead man myself, that night, mostly in stupor, only dimly aware at times of the extremity of cold and wet that I endured.

    Chapter 19

  • In case of rapid recovery the stupor is short and usually marked with mild delirium.

    Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.

  • No, what apparently wakes Bush up from his stupor is a comedian making fun of him.

    05/02/2006

  • Surely it is a reprobate sense, a spirit of frenzy and of stupor, which is withheld from any daring attempt, only by a fear of the shame of men; while the fear of divine judgment is trodden under foot.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • He is delirious in an artificial, merciful semi-stupor, which is saving him the untold sufferings of morphine denial.

    Our Nervous Friends — Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness

  • As he opened the door of the main office, his ear was saluted by a low grunting sound, and there in evening dress was Mr. Augustus Alfonso Brockelsby, reclining in a big chair, asleep, if one could with propriety call the stupor in which he was sunk, sleep.

    The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton

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