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stupor

stupors

You’re not in a stupor if you’re reading this. A person in a stupor is barely conscious, just really out of it.

The words stupor and stupid come from the Latin root stupere that means basically “to be stunned.” Extreme heat and humidity, drugs or alcohol, or some kind of medical issue could send you into a stupor. Shocking news can also send you into a stupor, and some people feel like they’re in a stupor in the morning until they’ve had coffee.

Definitions of stupor
  1. noun
    marginal consciousness
    synonyms: grogginess, semiconsciousness, stupefaction
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    type of:
    unconsciousness
    a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
  2. noun
    the feeling of distress and disbelief that you have when something bad happens accidentally
    synonyms: daze, shock
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    type of:
    stupefaction
    a feeling of stupefied astonishment
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