benumb


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be·numb

 (bĭ-nŭm′)
tr.v. be·numbed, be·numb·ing, be·numbs
1. To make numb, especially by cold.
2. To render senseless or inactive, as from shock or boredom: The dull skit benumbed the audience.

[Middle English binomen, from past participle of binimen, to take away, from Old English beniman : be-, away; see be- + niman, to take; see numb.]

be·numb′ment n.

benumb

(bɪˈnʌm)
vb (tr)
1. to make numb or powerless; deaden physical feeling in, as by cold
2. (usually passive) to make inactive; stupefy (the mind, senses, will, etc)
beˈnumbingly adv

be•numb

(bɪˈnʌm)

v.t.
1. to make numb; deprive of sensation: benumbed by cold.
2. to render inactive; stupefy.
[1350–1400; back formation from Middle English benomen, past participle of benimen to take away, Old English beniman; see be-, numb]
be•numb′ing•ly, adv.

benumb


Past participle: benumbed
Gerund: benumbing

Imperative
benumb
benumb
Present
I benumb
you benumb
he/she/it benumbs
we benumb
you benumb
they benumb
Preterite
I benumbed
you benumbed
he/she/it benumbed
we benumbed
you benumbed
they benumbed
Present Continuous
I am benumbing
you are benumbing
he/she/it is benumbing
we are benumbing
you are benumbing
they are benumbing
Present Perfect
I have benumbed
you have benumbed
he/she/it has benumbed
we have benumbed
you have benumbed
they have benumbed
Past Continuous
I was benumbing
you were benumbing
he/she/it was benumbing
we were benumbing
you were benumbing
they were benumbing
Past Perfect
I had benumbed
you had benumbed
he/she/it had benumbed
we had benumbed
you had benumbed
they had benumbed
Future
I will benumb
you will benumb
he/she/it will benumb
we will benumb
you will benumb
they will benumb
Future Perfect
I will have benumbed
you will have benumbed
he/she/it will have benumbed
we will have benumbed
you will have benumbed
they will have benumbed
Future Continuous
I will be benumbing
you will be benumbing
he/she/it will be benumbing
we will be benumbing
you will be benumbing
they will be benumbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been benumbing
you have been benumbing
he/she/it has been benumbing
we have been benumbing
you have been benumbing
they have been benumbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been benumbing
you will have been benumbing
he/she/it will have been benumbing
we will have been benumbing
you will have been benumbing
they will have been benumbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been benumbing
you had been benumbing
he/she/it had been benumbing
we had been benumbing
you had been benumbing
they had been benumbing
Conditional
I would benumb
you would benumb
he/she/it would benumb
we would benumb
you would benumb
they would benumb
Past Conditional
I would have benumbed
you would have benumbed
he/she/it would have benumbed
we would have benumbed
you would have benumbed
they would have benumbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.benumb - make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses"
desensitise, desensitize - cause not to be sensitive; "The war desensitized many soldiers"; "The photographic plate was desensitized"

benumb

verb
1. To render less sensitive:
2. To dull the senses, as with a heavy blow, a shock, or fatigue:
Chiefly Regional: maze.
3. To render helpless, as by emotion:
Translations

benumb

[bɪˈnʌm] VT (with cold) → entumecer; (= frighten, shock) → paralizar

benumb

vt
limbgefühllos machen; personbetäuben; (with cold also) → erstarren lassen; he was/his fingers were benumbed with colder war/seine Finger waren starr vor Kälte
(fig) mindbetäuben; (panic, experience etc)lähmen; benumbed by alcoholvom Alkohol benommen
References in classic literature ?
In spite of the certainty I had felt from that moment on the bridge at Prague, that Bertha would one day be my wife, my constitutional timidity and distrust had continued to benumb me, and the words in which I had sometimes premeditated a confession of my love, had died away unuttered.
But there were so many chances against them in all these cases, such as storms, to overset and founder them; rains and cold, to benumb and perish their limbs; contrary winds, to keep them out and starve them; that it must have been next to miraculous if they had escaped.
Modes of persuasive appeal which seek to circumvent or benumb the understanding are disrespectful of the individuals addressed; they degrade the listeners or readers by endeavoring to produce the automatic, instinctive sort of responses characteristic of animals, rather than the considered, judgmental sort of response humans alone are capable of making.
This scene of horror is not engaging or energizing; rather, its horrors are "such as to benumb every humanized faculty of the soul" (299).
Raindrops occasionally drip on beachgoersAAE headsAuthis is Oregon, after all, with only three months of sunshine a yearAuand cold water temperatures benumb swimmersAAE fingers and toes.