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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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But this needed some apology--with a feeble attempt at a laugh, I said, 'My hands are so benumbed with the cold that I can scarcely handle my knife and fork.'
When she at length started for home, she was benumbed with cold, and could hardly make her way against the wind that buffeted the frost-bitten rose most unmercifully.
I ordered it to be repaired, bought some furniture, and took possession, an incident which would doubtless have occasioned some surprise had not all the senses of the cottagers been benumbed by want and squalid poverty.
After I have heard you myself, when the whole of my right side has been benumbed, going on with your master about combustion, and calcination, and calorification, and I may say every kind of ation that could drive a poor invalid distracted, to hear you talking in this absurd way about sparks and ashes!
I am quite benumbed; for the Notch is just like the pipe of a great pair of bellows; it has blown a terrible blast in my face all the way from Bartlett."
We contrived to make the blood circulate in our benumbed limbs by rubbing them vigorously with our hands; and after performing our ablutions in the stream, and putting on our still wet clothes, we began to think it advisable to break our long fast, it being now twenty-four hours since we had tasted food.
Suddenly a hoarse growl benumbs the swimmer, who is now facing a shark that laughingly reveals a mouth full of razor sharp teeth.
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.
The anesthetic afternoon benumbs, Sickens our senses, forces back our talk.