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

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Examples of stupefaction in a Sentence

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

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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

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First Known Use of stupefaction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stupefaction

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

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Medical Definition of stupefaction

: the act of stupefying or the state of being stupefied

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