stupefaction

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web The tourists, speaking in bad French, shake their heads in stupefaction. New York Times, "France’s Latest Covid Measure: Letting Workers Eat at Their Desks," 7 Feb. 2021 The state doesn't have to identify the specific substance that caused stupefaction, according to Gerol. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Operator of former Cedarburg fondue restaurant may have drugged more than 20 young women, prosecutor says," 14 Nov. 2019 Over the years, many Spaniards considered flamenco a scourge of their nation, deploring it as an entertainment that lulled the masses into stupefaction and hampered Spain’s progress toward modernity. Sandie Holguín, Smithsonian, "The Complicated History of Flamenco in Spain," 24 Oct. 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "The real reason you should stop eating lunch at your desk," 4 Oct. 2019 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

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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

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The first known use of stupefaction was in 1603

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“Stupefaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupefaction. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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stupefaction

noun
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

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