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Aug 3, 2011
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stupefy

PRONUNCIATION:
(STOO-puh-fy, STYOO-)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To make someone so bored or tired as unable to think clearly.
2. To amaze.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French stupéfier (to astound), from Latin stupefacere (to make stupid or senseless), from stupere (to be numb or amazed) + facere (to make). Earliest documented use: before 1600.

USAGE:
"Craig Kimbrel's stuff has an almost narcotic attraction to it, an irresistible quality that can stupefy."
Steve Hummer; Braves Closer Took Unusual Path to Role; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia); May 21, 2011.

See more usage examples of stupefy in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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