One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make (someone or something) numb, paralysed, or lifeless.
weaken, make weak, make feeble, enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, sap, drain, tax, overtax, wash out, overtire, exhaust, weary, tire, tire out, fatigue, jade, wear out, prostrate, undermine, impair, render infirm, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyse, immobilize, lay low, put out of actionView synonyms
- ‘She is not done with you yet: she has only torpefied your energies a little.’
- ‘I felt a bit like a torpefied Superman a lot of times - Ireland is my Cryptonite, when I'm there I can't do anything, I have to be outside the country.’
- ‘On my death-bed, I will choose upon your merits as I consider them, whether to return as an electrifying eel, a hoary stickleback or a shoal of quicksilver fish, adept at exploring new routes among the labyrinth passages within the flesh and bones of your torpefied body.’
Early 19th century: from Latin torpefacere, from torpere ‘be numb or sluggish’.
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