stupor

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noun stu·por \ ˈstü-pər , 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

Examples of stupor in a Sentence

  1. He fell into a drunken stupor.

  2. in a stupor of fatigue

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Origin and Etymology of stupor

Middle English, from Latin, from stupēre

Synonym Discussion of 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

STUPOR Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stupor for English Language Learners

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


STUPOR Defined for Kids

stupor

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noun stu·por \ ˈstü-pər , ˈstyü- \

Definition of stupor for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

stupor

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noun stu·por \ ˈst(y)ü-pər \

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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