Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb benumb

1 sense of benumb

Sense 1
numb, benumb, blunt, dull -- (make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses")
       => desensitize, desensitise -- (cause not to be sensitive; "The war desensitized many soldiers"; "The photographic plate was desensitized")

Antonyms of adj benumbed

2 senses of benumbed

Sense 1
asleep (predicate), benumbed, numb -- (lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold")

INDIRECT (VIA insensible) -> sensible, sensitive -- (able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin")

Sense 2
dulled, benumbed -- (having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure; "the mind of the audience is becoming dulled"; "the benumbed intellectual faculties can no longer respond")

INDIRECT (VIA uninterested) -> interested -- (having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern; "an interested audience"; "interested in sports"; "was interested to hear about her family"; "interested in knowing who was on the telephone"; "interested spectators")

Similarity of adj benumbed

2 senses of benumbed

Sense 1
asleep (predicate), benumbed, numb -- (lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold")
       => insensible (vs. sensible) -- (incapable of physical sensation; "insensible to pain"; "insensible earth")

Sense 2
dulled, benumbed -- (having lost or been caused to lose interest because of overexposure; "the mind of the audience is becoming dulled"; "the benumbed intellectual faculties can no longer respond")
       => uninterested (vs. interested) -- (not having or showing interest; "an uninterested spectator")

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