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 Assaulted and plied with alcohol to keep her in a stupor, the girl fled after chewing through the ties that held her down on a bed, authorities said in court documents. CBS News, 5 Aug. 2022 Over the course of six years, Amber Heard has reiterated accusations that ex-husband Johnny Depp had an alcohol and substance abuse problem that led to him beating her in fits of rage and stupor. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2022 The news jerks them out of a fabricated post-racial stupor and inspires a bundle of emotions: guilt, anxiety, fury. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2022 But there isn’t enough coffee in the world to jolt the filmmaker out of his stupor. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 23 June 2022 Some members of the media began debating this week whether showing pictures of these dead children could shake America out of its stupor. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 The effect is unexpected enough to startle anyone out of a political stupor, and serves to make the protagonist in question immediately identifiable and memorable. New York Times, 26 May 2022 Although Toyotomi died in a delirious stupor in 1598, subsequent shoguns continued his purges. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 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 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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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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