• WordNet 3.6
    • adj benumbed having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure "the mind of the audience is becoming dulled","the benumbed intellectual faculties can no longer respond"
    • adj benumbed lacking sensation "my foot is asleep","numb with cold"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Benumbed Made torpid; numbed; stupefied; deadened; as, a benumbed body and mind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • benumbed Numb or torpid, either physically or morally: as, benumbed limbs; benumbed faith.
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In literature:

The demon of fear seemed to possess my frame, and benumbed every faculty.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
The lieutenant at last, became exhausted by continual exertions, and benumbed, with cold.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
The poor girl was benumbed with cold and overpowered with fatigue.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
The night was very cold and at daylight our limbs were so benumbed that we could scarce find the use of them.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
I was happy to sit a moment by their fire, as I was quite benumbed with cold.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
Benumbed, I may fall today into that blazing fire!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
In fact she was benumbed, and did not fully sense the changed situation.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
The organs of sense, like the moving muscles, are liable to become benumbed, or less sensible, from compression.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
His sense of humour was benumbed.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
He had to admit that in some occult way she benumbed his will power.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson

In poetry:

Are the sports of our youth so displeasing?
Is love but the folly you say?
Benumbed with the winter, and freezing,
You scold at the revels of May.
"To A Moralist" by Friedrich von Schiller
"Fill high the bowl, benumb His aching sense
With medicined sleep."—O awful in Thy woe!
The parching thirst of death
Is on Thee, and Thou triest
"Tuesday Before Easter" by John Keble
Nor has Eternity a place
On any starry summit.
The winds of Death are wide as Life,
And leave no world untouched--but race,
And soon with Night benumb it.
"The Great Buddha Of Kamakura To The Sphinx" by Cale Young Rice
Not where the wheeling systems darken,
And our benumbed conceiving soars!--
The drift of pinions, would we hearken,
Beats at our own clay-shuttered doors.
"The Kingdom of God" by Francis Thompson
Sapho, I will chuse to go
Where the northern winds do blow
Endless ice, and endless snow;
Rather than I once would see
But a winter's face in thee,—
To benumb my hopes and me.
"To Sapho" by Robert Herrick
There is mist on the mountain, and night on the vale,
But more dark is the sleep of the sons of the Gael.
A stranger commanded —- it sunk on the land,
It has frozen each heart, and benumb'd every hand!
"Flora Macivor's Song" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

The way Johnny Damon puts it, the Sox felt a "calm" last season, even as they stumbled along for four months before turning in a benumbing closing act.
If it doesn't actively benumb you with boredom, and does give the public a sufficient chance to bask in their presence, other issues barely count.