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
Recent Examples on the Web My regret, sorrow, and bewilderment had the effect of rousing me from my post-bagel stupor, ruining my chances of napping for yet another day. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, "Is Everyone Secretly Napping While Working From Home?," 15 Mar. 2021 Our heroine, who has been feigning drunkenness, quickly snaps out of her stupor, shifting from easy prey to vigilante. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "Rape-Revenge Tales: Cathartic? Maybe. Incomplete? Definitely.," 14 Jan. 2021 There are plenty of funny scenes set in contemporary California, too, as Kraft tries to jolt himself from the stupor of writer’s block. Washington Post, "In ‘Kraft,’ German author Jonas Lüscher pokes fun at Silicon Valley’s shiny elitism and rabid faith in technology," 18 Nov. 2020 The term can also include problems with attention, loss of short-term memory, disorientation, stupor or a coma-like level of consciousness. Washington Post, "Live updates: Senior military officials quarantining after Coast Guard admiral tests positive for covid-19," 6 Oct. 2020 Her death, predictably, starts the awakening of Onion from his me-first stupor — the classic Disposable Woman trope. Carvell Wallace, New York Times, "‘The Good Lord Bird’ Is Good TV. But Mix Art and Slavery at Your Peril.," 6 Oct. 2020 Navalny's case should prompt the U.S. and NATO nations to emerge from their own stupor regarding Russia, which is increasingly testing the West with its poisonous behavior. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Russia poisons relations with the West," 9 Sep. 2020 Without it, dangerous levels of glucose build up in the blood, damaging organs and producing a painful stupor. Caitlin Hu, CNN, "With Canada and Mexico borders closed, Americans are trapped in their own healthcare system," 31 Aug. 2020 Severe symptoms might include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis, and coma. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Pregnant Panda, Rim of the Pacific, virtual colleges: News from around our 50 states," 20 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupor. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for stupor

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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