1. so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm (Freq. 1)

such an enormous response was astonishing


an astounding achievement


the amount of money required was staggering


suffered a staggering defeat


the figure inside the boucle dress was stupefying

Syn: ↑astonishing, ↑astounding, ↑staggering
Similar to: ↑impressive
2. making physically stupid or dull or insensible

a stupefying blow to the head


the stupefying effects of hemp

Similar to: ↑disorienting
3. shocking with surprise and consternation

the stupefying impact of the tragedy

Similar to: ↑alarming

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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