obtund

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v obtund reduce the edge or violence of "obtunded reflexes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Obtund To reduce the edge, pungency, or violent action of; to dull; to blunt; to deaden; to quell; as, to obtund the acrimony of the gall. "They . . . have filled all our law books with the obtunding story of their suits and trials."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obtund To dull; blunt; quell; deaden; reduce the pungency or violent action of anything.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Obtund ob-tund′ to dull or blunt, to deaden
    • n Obtund an oily mucilage for sores: an application to deaden the nerve of a tooth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obtundere, obtusum,; ob,see Ob-) + tundere, to strike or beat. See Stutter

Usage

In literature:

Daily contact with vice obtunds their first abhorrence of it.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Madeira did not seem to be unconscious, but his senses were obtunded, and it was some minutes before he could sit up.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
In men of genius the moral sense is sometimes obtunded, if not altogether absent.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
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