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

Choose the Right Synonym for stupor

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 Even after shaking off its hibernation stupor and focusing its gaze on Pieciul, the animal proceeded slowly, plodding toward him on broad paws that flattened the snow and claws that clung easily to the crust layer below. Caroline Van Hemert, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2021 In New York, where landlords typically move to evict more people than in any other city in the nation, the housing courts sat in an unusual stupor for some two years. New York Times, 2 May 2022 While Carolyn decoded a notebook on Lars that could take her one step closer to the Twelve, Eve was off drinking herself into a stupor. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2022 Instead of jolting them out of a stupor, this kind of response blocks real interrogation of what motivates white people to engage in these attempts at public humiliation. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Mar. 2022 Carol bingedrinks herself into a stupor and Dieter (Pascal) grows weirdly close with his virtual workout instructor (Daisy Ridley). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 The day that Kai prayed for death jolted Kimberly out of her stupor. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 In her determination to get the hell out, Helly is the force of nature that begins to shake Mark out of his corporate stupor. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 Here's an example: Early in the game, a poison has left Aiden in a helpless, fatal stupor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Stupor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupor. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stupor

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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