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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of benumb.
- adj. Lacking sensation; numb
- adj. Lacking interest; dulled
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made torpid; numbed; stupefied; deadened.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Numb or torpid, either physically or morally: as, benumbed limbs; benumbed faith.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure
- adj. lacking sensation
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Nor are narcotics -- from narkosis, Greek for "benumbed" -- necessarily all about nodding.
King responded to the salute from Obama with a kind of benumbed indifference, although later in the show he expressed oddly unctuous gratitude to fellow TV talker "Dr. Phil" McGraw, who popped into the studio for a folksy bye-bye.
Besides, they were snarling all the time, and his benumbed and drowsy senses no longer took note of changing pitch and intensity.
For the most part, we are benumbed, befuddled or afraid.
Sturdy, more frost-resistant than bees, they were already on the wing and preying on the benumbed flies.
And for a country that was born of faith and the fearlessness of millions of people crawling, paddling and begging their ways here so they could be free to now be a country paralyzed by magical thinking and benumbed with viral fear is heartbreaking.
She wandered through the house and around the backyard in a benumbed state of shock.
If it doesn't, we wind up like Fitzgerald, lost in a lost city, besotted by booze and benumbed by grief.
It's an unthreatening simulacrum of dark passion in which everything wild and unheimlich about sexual obsession, murder, disfigurement and – my personal favourite – Dostoyevskian self-loathing is benumbed with unremittingly sweet tunes many of which, according to Kit and the Widow's turn at August's Comedy Prom, Lloyd Webber recycled from older, better composers.
The Ayatollah Khomeini thumbed his nose at a Vietnam–benumbed U.S. in the 1970s and the Iranians have been picking at us ever since.