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Synonyms for benumb

to render less sensitive

to dull the senses, as with a heavy blow, a shock, or fatigue

to render helpless, as by emotion

Synonyms for benumb

make numb or insensitive

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Like a shrewd player, Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz laid his cards on the table much before the presentation of the Federal Budget on June 17, the first budget of the Musharraf government as well as of the 21st century in order to benumb the trading community in particular and people in general.
How many jobs do we offer that fulfill and actualize people, as opposed to ones that demean and benumb them?
Is it only that flowers smell sweet, and are pretty and bright, Or because of the senseless waste of so many pounds Or because in that dreadful place the unwonted sight Of a heap of blossom is balm to unconscious wounds-- The mortal wounds that benumb, not the sharp raw pains Of the daily misery, but the fatal bleeding inside?
Gaspar strolled quietly in a dim-lighted hall filled with a silent anticipating audience, as he recited poetry in French, which was re-echoed in Arabic by his son FranE*ois, to benumb the audience into bewilderment while gazing at the visual elements of the performance.
The cold, inconsiderate of persons, tingles your blood, benumbs your feet, freezes a man like an apple.
By precluding whites from getting beyond a shared, closed set of conceptual possibilities, the "paucity" of "Vocabulary itself" encourages them to live in the peace and harmony of well-tamed animals, which further benumbs them to the ideological containment: "by means of [the paucity] even man can live in vast droves and herds even in concrete warrens in comparative amity" (79).
We Nine times folded in mystery; must see that the world is rough Though baffled seers cannot and surly, and will not mind impart drowning a man or a woman, but The secret of its laboring swallows your ship like a grain heart, of persons, tingles your blood, Throb thine with Nature's benumbs your feet, freezes a man throbbing like an apple.