Stupefy Stu"pe*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stupefied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stupefying}.] [F. stup['e]fier, fr. L. stupere to be stupefied + ficare (in comp.) to make, akin to facere. See {Stupid}, {Fact}, and cf. {Stupefacient}.] [Written also {stupify}, especially in England.] 1. To make stupid; to make dull; to blunt the faculty of perception or understanding in; to deprive of sensibility; to make torpid. [1913 Webster]

The fumes of drink discompose and stupefy the brain. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. To deprive of material mobility. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

It is not malleable; but yet is not fluent, but stupefied. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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