dumb·​struck | \ ˈdəm-ˌstrək How to pronounce dumbstruck (audio) \

Definition of dumbstruck

: made silent by astonishment

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Examples of dumbstruck in a Sentence

The people in the courtroom were dumbstruck by his confession. the dumbstruck ecotourists gaped in silence as the enormous whale breached near their vessel

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Watching him graduate in a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, his family members were dumbstruck. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018 Paul is clearly dumbstruck by how quickly he's found himself in bed with her. Darla Murray, Cosmopolitan, "10 Guys Reveal the Movie Sex Scene That Turns Them on Most," 16 June 2017 My children, wide-eyed and dumbstruck at the thought of Mommy with a gun to her head, nodded earnestly. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Do Security Systems Make Your Home Safer?," 22 Dec. 2017 The other hitters taking swings that day, a combination of pros and amateurs, were dumbstruck. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Dodgers hero Justin Turner turned into a star after he decided to swing for them," 25 Oct. 2017 Conduct that would have had conservatives up in arms had it been exhibited by our political opponents now had us dumbstruck. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Meet the hypocrite who rips Trump but votes with him 95.5% of the time," 1 Aug. 2017 A dumbstruck Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) viewing the carnage of her rebellion? Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld Season 2 Teaser Promises New Worlds and Vengeful Robots," 22 July 2017 Paul is clearly dumbstruck by how quickly he's found himself in bed with her. Darla Murray, Cosmopolitan, "10 Guys Reveal the Movie Sex Scene That Turns Them on Most," 21 June 2016 Indeed, Rachel’s subsequent criticisms of Cohen’s lyrics — and Vadik’s dumbstruck response — perfectly foreshadow both the romantic evening to come at Rachel’s apartment and Vadik’s sneaking out early the next morning. Charles Bock, New York Times, "In ‘Still Here,’ Four Russian Friends Confront Middle Age in New York City," 9 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of dumbstruck

1765, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dumbstruck was in 1765

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English Language Learners Definition of dumbstruck

: so shocked or surprised that you cannot speak

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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