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SAT vocabulary: stupefied

stupefied could easily show up on your SAT or GRE test. Do you know what it means?

Quick Vocab Quiz for the word stupefied

First, before you read the explanation, definition, and discussion of the word stupefied, try this quick vocab quiz:

stupefied most nearly means

(A) discombobulated (B) frenetic (C) frantic (D) tenacious (E) miffed

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Part of Speech: ADJECTIVE

Pronunciations: IPA: /ˈstu.pə.faɪd/ Glossary-style: [STOO-puh-faid]

Definition: unable to think clearly, especially as a result of a shock (Ex: stupefied by the explosion). stunned or shocked. made stupid or confused.

Give it to me straight: If you’re stupefied, then you’re unable to think clearly, typically because you’ve been shocked or stunned. For example, a boxer who has just been clocked in the head by a 20-year-old, bare-fisted Mike Tyson could very well be stupefied (if not unconscious).

Emotional stress can also lead to stupefaction; people who receive bad news may be momentarily stupefied as well.

And Harry Potter fans, once again, J. K. Rowling provides us with more Latinate vocabulary mnemonics. To remember–just think of Harry Potter’s stupefy spell. What does that spell do? It stuns people, and renders them unable to think clearly.

Example: Danilo was clearly stupefied after his car accident, but fortunately, he recovered quickly and was soon back to his rational self.

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By Erin Billy

Founder of TestMagic, Inc. in San Francisco, USA.

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