stupor

noun
stu·​por | \ ˈstü-pər How to pronounce stupor (audio) , ˈstyü-\

Definition of stupor

1 : a condition of greatly dulled or completely suspended sense or sensibility a drunken stupor specifically : a chiefly mental condition marked by absence of spontaneous movement, greatly diminished responsiveness to stimulation, and usually impaired consciousness
2 : a state of extreme apathy or torpor resulting often from stress or shock : daze

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lethargy, languor, lassitude, stupor, torpor mean physical or mental inertness. lethargy implies such drowsiness or aversion to activity as is induced by disease, injury, or drugs. months of lethargy followed my accident languor suggests inertia induced by an enervating climate or illness or love. languor induced by a tropical vacation lassitude stresses listlessness or indifference resulting from fatigue or poor health. a depression marked by lassitude stupor implies a deadening of the mind and senses by shock, narcotics, or intoxicants. lapsed into an alcoholic stupor torpor implies a state of suspended animation as of hibernating animals but may suggest merely extreme sluggishness. a once alert mind now in a torpor

Examples of stupor in a Sentence

He fell into a drunken stupor. in a stupor of fatigue

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With these decorative conventions etched in my consciousness, Les Bords’s urbane minimalism jolted me right out of my Provençal stupor. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 With efficient quarterback play by Tua Tagovailoa, steady contributions from Jerry Jeudy and some timely cameos from the tight ends, the Crimson Tide emerged from its stupor and cobbled together the rout many were anticipating. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al, "Behind star power, Alabama’s offense kicks into high gear," 31 Aug. 2019 But Orlando City struggled to find a response to Atlanta’s early one-goal lead and that shooting stupor continued into the second half. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City falls 2-0 to Atlanta United in semifinals of U.S. Open Cup," 8 Aug. 2019 These laws came from the Prohibition Era fear that couples were getting married while under hazy alcoholic stupors. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana was a scandalous marriage mill and Valentino took advantage," 4 July 2019 His drinking precipitously descends from country-club conviviality to solitary stupor, and the novel ends with his suicide by carbon-monoxide inhalation in his Cadillac, a clean, modern way to go. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 The goal appeared to wake Argentina from its Russian stupor. Matthew Futterman And Andrew Das, New York Times, "Argentina Finds World Cup Salvation in Thriller Over Nigeria," 27 June 2018 But art’s job — like walking into a field of a million dandelions — is presumably to wake us up from that stupor. New York Times, "This Artist Foresaw Our Digital Future in a Meadow of Dandelions," 21 June 2018 People start identifying you as that grown adult woman who comes to social functions, camps out in a creepy stupor beside the snack table, then leaves without talking to anyone in a cloud of bad breath and shame and stomach pain. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "Love, Thy Name Is Slow-Roasted Onion Dip," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of stupor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stupor

Middle English, from Latin, from stupēre

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stupor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stupor

: a condition in which someone is not able to think normally because of being drunk, drugged, tired, etc.

stupor

noun
stu·​por | \ ˈstü-pər How to pronounce stupor (audio) , ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of stupor

: a condition of being not alert or able to think normally

stupor

noun
stu·​por | \ ˈst(y)ü-pər How to pronounce stupor (audio) \

Medical Definition of stupor

: a condition of greatly dulled or completely suspended sense or sensibility a drunken stupor specifically : a chiefly mental condition marked by absence of spontaneous movement, greatly diminished responsiveness to stimulation, and usually impaired consciousness

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