numb·​ing | \ ˈnə-miŋ How to pronounce numbing (audio) \

Definition of numbing

: tending or serving to make numb or spiritless losing by a numbing margin a numbing lecture

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Other Words from numbing

numbingly adverb

Examples of numbing in a Sentence

an utterly numbing class in statistics the numbing air of that wintry morning
Recent Examples on the Web Because watching people die in Alabama’s execution chamber is numbing, over time. John Archibald |, al, "I’ve been too silent on execution of Nathaniel Woods," 5 Mar. 2020 Case and death numbers remain stuck on a numbing, tragic plateau that is tilting only slightly downward., "Trump administration models predict near doubling of daily death toll by June," 4 May 2020 But when possible, some plastic surgeons are finding alternatives and using anti-inflammatories, local anesthetics, and numbing medications to attack different pain pathways. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "What Does the Future of Pain Management Look Like? Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists Weigh In," 6 Nov. 2019 In the cases Mitchell chronicles in Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era, the degree of sheer evil and overt corruption was numbing. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Veteran reporter examines civil rights cases in `Race Against Time’," 26 Feb. 2020 Even so, the lack of effort and execution against a team that had lost five of its past six, including a 90-61 loss to Oklahoma, was more numbing than stunning. Nick Moyle,, "Texas’ NCAA hopes just about extinguished after lopsided loss to Iowa State," 15 Feb. 2020 Now, after the novel coronavirus has shut down Major League Baseball indefinitely and set the stage for a shortened 2020 season if there is one at all, there will be a permanent stain on Trout’s canvas, a curiosity amid his numbing consistency. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus shutdown can alter legacy of legends – from LeBron James to Serena Williams," 19 Mar. 2020 Yet, from Brasília to Paris, Tehran to Ulan Bator, government officials on six continents—cabinet ministers, lawmakers, military leaders, senior policymakers, and health officials—have been infected with numbing speed by the virus. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "How Much Is the Coronavirus Infecting World Leaders and Disrupting Governments?," 15 Mar. 2020 That seed of potential, however, sails away on a tide of numbing stupidity. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Fantasy Island' gets a horror reboot, but it's not a trip worth taking," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of numbing

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of numbing was in 1581

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8 Jun 2020

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“Numbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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