benumb /bɪˈnʌm/


I. verb [with obj.] (often as adj. benumbed)

1. deprive of physical or emotional feeling

a hoarse shout cut through his benumbed senses.
– origin late 15th cent.: from obsolete benome, past participle of benim ‘deprive’, from be- (expressing removal) + Old English niman ‘take’.

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