stu·​pe·​fac·​tion | \ ˌstü-pə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce stupefaction (audio) , ˌstyü-\

Definition of stupefaction

: the act of stupefying : the state of being stupefied

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of stupefaction in a Sentence

upon hearing the diagnosis of cancer, she just sat there in total stupefaction

Recent Examples on the Web

Those kind of afternoon lunches have all but disappeared, sucked into some malevolent black hole created by corporate downsizing, email culture and the endless stupefaction of the Internet. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The real reason you should stop eating lunch at your desk," 21 Aug. 2019 Les Temps modernes published extracts of both David Rousset’s forthcoming books in its March and April issues, to great acclaim and general stupefaction. Longreads, "When Sartre and Beauvoir Started a Magazine," 10 Apr. 2018 Unprecedented, too, is the stupefaction engendered by an American president refusing to name the crime and the criminals, thereby fraying still further the foundational compact of contemporary America. Bernard-henri Lévy, WSJ, "The Distance Between Two Tragedies," 24 Aug. 2017 For those who enjoy—and who does not?—that pleasant stupefaction that comes from overwhelming the limbic system with fat and carbs and sugar and salt and liquor, chimaek is among the most potent delivery systems ever devised. Wesley Yang, Bon Appetit, "A Fried Chicken Bender in South Korea," 9 May 2017 Stupefaction and confusion are giving way to hard-nosed capitalism as K Street realizes all the business opportunities to be had. Emily Cadei, Newsweek, "The 'Swamp' Donald Trump Promised to 'Drain' Is Growing Again," 8 Feb. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stupefaction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stupefaction

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stupefaction

Middle English stupefaccioun, from Medieval Latin stupefaction-, stupefactio, from Latin stupefacere

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stupefaction

Dictionary Entries near stupefaction








Statistics for stupefaction

Last Updated

17 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stupefaction

The first known use of stupefaction was in 1603

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stupefaction


stu·​pe·​fac·​tion | \ ˌst(y)ü-pə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce stupefaction (audio) \

Medical Definition of stupefaction

: the act of stupefying or the state of being stupefied

More from Merriam-Webster on stupefaction

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stupefaction

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for stupefaction

Comments on stupefaction

What made you want to look up stupefaction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a temporary encampment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!