stupefaction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stupefaction the action of stupefying; making dull or lethargic "the professor was noted for his stupefaction of the students"
    • n stupefaction marginal consciousness "his grogginess was caused as much by exhaustion as by the blows","someone stole his wallet while he was in a drunken stupor"
    • n stupefaction a feeling of stupefied astonishment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stupefaction The act of stupefying, or the state of being stupefied. "Resistance of the dictates of conscience brings a hardness and stupefaction upon it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stupefaction The act of stupefying, or the state of being stupefied.
    • n stupefaction A stolid or senseless state; torpor; insensibility; stupidity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stupefaction the act of making stupid or senseless: insensibility: stupidity
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Quotations

  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. stupéfaction,. See Stupefacient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stupēre, to be struck senseless, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

The old lady gazed at him in stupefaction.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The stupefaction of the spectators, especially of those most interested, can be better imagined than described.
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
My spirits had been rising steadily every moment since I had recovered from my stupefaction at the sight of Pelagie.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
And I stared at her in stupefaction, and I struck my hands together and exclaimed: Art thou mad, or am I dreaming?
"The Substance of a Dream" by F. W. Bain
Mrs. MacCall glared at the boy in utter stupefaction.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
Jeffreys' first sensations on finding himself alone had been those of stupefaction.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
It was intense stupefaction, a kind of vague and vacant delirium.
"Brazilian Tales" by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
He spun round, and gaped at her with a stupefaction of surprise.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The twins gasped with stupefaction.
"Betty Trevor" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Then all Edwin's feelings gave place to an immense stupefaction at his father's truly remarkable behaviour.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
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In news:

Exclaims David Gulpilil, in delighted, humble stupefaction.
Slo-Mo Stupefaction From 'Matrix' Creators.
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