May 7, 2014 - Word of the Day: stun
Use the word "stun" when a person is very surprised by something. This is a strong word, so make sure it fits the situation:
- Vanessa was stunned when she saw the repair bill for her car.
- We were absolutely stunned to find out that Bill and Elena were getting a divorce. (Notice that the word "stun" is often used in the passive voice.)
- Vishnu stunned everyone when he announced his resignation frm the company.
- The kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria stunned the world community.
He was stunned by the total cost for legal fees.
When used as an adjective, the word "stunning" means very, very beautiful or very, very good.
- Rihanna looks stunning in that dress.
- Christian Bale's performance in that movie was stunning.
- You look stunning!
Sometimes the word "stun" means that a person or a thing is paralyzed or incapacitated for a short period of time.
- The police used a stun gun on the suspect because he was out of control.
- Jeremy was temporarily stunned by a blow to the head.
- A stun grenade subdued an unruly crowd. (This is a type of weapon that's intended to disorient and confuse people--not kill.)
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