benumb

verb
be·numb | \bi-ˈnəm, bē-\
benumbed; benumbing; benumbs

Definition of benumb 

transitive verb

1 : to make inactive : deaden

2 : to make numb especially by cold

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Synonyms & Antonyms for benumb

Synonyms

blunt, cauterize, damp, dampen, deaden, dull, numb

Antonyms

sharpen, whet

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Examples of benumb in a Sentence

a succession of personal tragedies had benumbed him to all grief

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But her core insight into how even mediocrities can be institutionally benumbed and conscripted into heinous projects remains fertile. George Prochnik, New York Times, "The Philosopher in Dark Times," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of benumb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for benumb

Middle English benomen, from benomen, past participle of benimen to deprive, from Old English beniman, from be- + niman to take — more at nimble

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benumb

verb

English Language Learners Definition of benumb

: to make (someone) numb or unable to have emotions

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