stu·​pe·​fac·​tion ˌstü-pə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce stupefaction (audio)
: the act of stupefying : the state of being stupefied

Examples of stupefaction in a Sentence

upon hearing the unexpected news, she just sat there in total stupefaction
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stupefaction was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Stupefaction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


stu·​pe·​fac·​tion ˌst(y)ü-pə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce stupefaction (audio)
: the act of stupefying or the state of being stupefied
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