Definition of stupefy in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Make (someone) unable to think or feel properly.

    ‘the offense of administering drugs to a woman with intent to stupefy her’
    • ‘After she broke the kiss he smiled, stupefied, and shook his head.’
    • ‘Surgeons would attempt to stupefy the patient with alcohol, opium, or morphia, but with little effect.’
    • ‘When I walked out of the movie theatre after seeing the film, I was stupefied.’
    • ‘In his later work, Capital, Marx comments a number of times that nursing mothers coped with their early return to the production line by stupefying their hungry babies with opiates.’
    • ‘But during the summer, with nothing to do and hardly no one to see, I turned to the mindless entertainment box often and happily, letting it stupefy me for more than hours at a time.’
    • ‘The effect of the brew was to stupefy the convict to the point of pseudo-coma and to numb his physical sensations.’
    • ‘This role of film as an instance of mass media is opposed to that of Adorno, who could only conceptualise the mass media as a means of stupefying the masses in a capitalist society.’
    • ‘But I am puzzled, for example, by the suggestion that one could have a ‘lawful justification’ to stupefy someone in order to commit rape.’
    • ‘Rachel was stupefied, unable to do anything but stop her trembling lips.’
    • ‘He says I'm a creative person and the last thing I should do is stupefy myself with drugs.’
    • ‘The challenge is how to properly honor King, without stupefying readers whose eyes glaze at the thought of hearing yet another recitation of the famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.’
    • ‘But Lachlan himself was the miracle, always standing stupefied and shocked, having escaped with only a few cuts and bruises.’
    • ‘The group stood stupefied and shocked in the middle of the sidewalk.’
    • ‘Tyler's face was stupefied into dumbfounded shock; he had turned pale.’
    • ‘But when I looked at Juan, he was staring at me with his jaw dropped, totally stupefied, and then he got mad too.’
    stun, daze, befuddle, knock senseless, knock unconscious, knock out, lay out, benumb, numb
    drug, sedate, anaesthetize, give anaesthetic to, tranquillize, narcotize
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    1. 1.1 Astonish and shock.
      ‘the amount they spend on clothes would appall their parents and stupefy their grandparents’
      • ‘To wide acclaim, Dimitri has stupefied global audiences with dynamic DJ sets and well-crafted albums (Sacre Bleu, Playboy Mansion).’
      • ‘The man on the ground got back up surprised, when he saw no assailant he was stupefied for words.’
      • ‘If that were possible, French movies would long ago have stupefied the world.’
      • ‘The audience is often stupefied, thinking, ‘Are they really doing that?’’
      • ‘Strangely and incredibly, my daughter stops crying, and I am stupefied and comforted by the realisation I am going to enjoy this.’
      • ‘I was too stupefied to comprehend, let alone respond.’
      • ‘For two hours - it came to feel like two days - Rivera informed his increasingly stupefied audience of the treasures Capone might have buried during his reign as a gangland king.’
      • ‘Its bizarreness is not lost on the clearly stupefied guests.’
      • ‘We were stupefied at this unanticipated reception.’
      • ‘Jason was stupefied to hear those two words that flew out of Sarah's mouth.’
      • ‘This building, constructed from mortal sweat and blood, human sweat and blood, stupefies us.’
      • ‘The idea that anyone could be tormented by curiosity with regard to her life stupefied me.’
      • ‘This collocation of precocious poetic essence, stupefying lyricism and seditious brilliance sets up Rimbaud as the Romantic-Modern poet par excellence.’
      • ‘There is one plot twist, however, late in the film involving Michael Douglas' character that really stupefied me.’
      • ‘You know how stupefying it is that a black sheep like me could ever get a boyfriend.’
      • ‘Most of the audience with whom I saw the film seemed as stupefied and astonished as I was by the dullness of the proceedings.’
      • ‘I felt rather sorry for him, having to find out stuff like this, and after going through my own share of shocks, I knew just how mind-wracking and stupefying this could be.’
      • ‘At the opposite pole to divine magic is the type that is playful and deceitful, thanks to which charlatans skillfully produce effects that stupefy ignorant people.’
      • ‘Charles Bowermcen, the team's leader was equally stupefied at the infrastructure around but saddened about the housing shortages.’
      • ‘The school bell just rang telling us that classes were over, but none of us were standing because we were all stupefied by how fast he explained everything and ended the class.’
      shock, stun, astound, dumbfound, overwhelm, stagger, amaze, astonish, startle, confound, take aback, shake up, leave open-mouthed, take someone's breath away
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Late Middle English: from French stupéfier, from Latin stupefacere, from stupere ‘be struck senseless’.