Benumbment

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Benumbment Act of benumbing, or state of being benumbed; torpor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n benumbment The act of benumbing; the state of being benumbed; torpor.
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Usage

In literature:

A rush of quiet almost benumbed him, so immediate was the reaction from violence to submission.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
Terror and rage had benumbed Ludwig's nerves.
"The Nameless Castle" by Maurus Jókai
I begin to realise the fascination of the cloister; the calm, uniform, benumbing existence.
"The Dangerous Age" by Karin Michaëlis
He was weary with happiness, a happiness that benumbed his limbs.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
His mind was rapidly becoming benumbed like his body, which shivered as though it were mid winter.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
The arms of the scout were freed, although for some minutes they were so benumbed that he could scarcely move them.
"The Cave in the Mountain" by Lieut. R. H. Jayne
Most of them seemed still benumbed with their recent terrible exposure.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
The coldness of his greeting sent a chill to his already benumbed heart and increased his desperation.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
It took Geoffrey some time with his benumbed hands to build a blaze.
"The Burglar and the Blizzard" by Alice Duer Miller
Weakly, gropingly, he stretched his benumbed hand out again; he was well on his way now.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
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In poetry:

Stanza on stanza endlessly
From her lips or from mine
Benumbed our dreaming souls, like drops
Of a Circean wine.
"On Reading Ballads" by Arthur Graeme West
Oft gratitude will thanks benumb,
Joy will our laughter quell:
May not Eternity be dumb
With things too good to tell?
"The Widow of Nain" by George MacDonald
Then drives along the rain,
The cold benumbing rain;
Across the dreary plain,
Blows the hurricane
And freezes o'er the snow.
"The Rape Of The Flowers" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
"Beauty!" again, still "beauty"?
Wait till the winter comes!
Till kestrel and hungry kite seek booty
And the bleak cold benumbs!
"To A Singing Warbler" by Cale Young Rice
The wind blew shrill from o'er the hili,
And shook his scanty rags;
Whilst cold and sleet benumbed his feet,
As plodding o'er the flags.
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
Her words benumbed my fond frail ghost;
The nightmares neighed from their stalls,
The vampires screeched, the harpies flew,
And under the dim dawn I withdrew
To Death's inviolate halls.
"I Rose Up As My Custom Is" by Thomas Hardy

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.
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