desensitizing desensitizing adj. making less susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli. Opposite of {sensitizing}. [Narrower terms: {numbing}] [WordNet 1.5]

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  • numbing — [num′iŋ] adj. causing numbness, esp. in feeling or in mental or emotional response numbingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • numbing — adjective 1) menthol has a numbing effect Syn: desensitizing, deadening, benumbing, anesthetic, anesthetizing; paralyzing 2) numbing cold Syn: freezing, raw, bitter, biting, arctic …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • Numbing — Numb Numb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Numbed} (n[u^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Numbing} (n[u^]m [i^]ng).] To make numb; to deprive of the power of sensation or motion; to render senseless or inert; to deaden; to benumb; to stupefy. [1913 Webster] For lazy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • numbing — adjective Date: 1581 tending or serving to make numb or spiritless < losing by a numbing margin > < a numbing lecture > • numbingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • numbing — numbingly, adv. /num ing/, adj. causing numbness or insensibility; stupefying: the numbing effects of grief; a story repeated with numbing regularity. [1625 35; NUMB + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • numbing — adj. Numbing is used with these nouns: ↑pain …   Collocations dictionary

  • numbing — numb|ing [ nʌmıŋ ] adjective making you lose feeling in a part of your body: numbing cold a. so boring that you stop paying attention …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • numbing — UK [ˈnʌmɪŋ] / US adjective a) making you lose feeling in a part of your body numbing cold b) so boring that you stop paying attention …   English dictionary

  • numbing — adjective causing numbness or insensitivity (Freq. 3) the numbing effect of grief • Similar to: ↑desensitizing, ↑desensitising …   Useful english dictionary

  • numbing — Synonyms and related words: Siberian, abatement, algid, allayment, alleviating, alleviation, alleviative, analgesia, analgesic, anesthesia, anesthetic, anesthetizing, anodyne, appeasement, arctic, assuagement, assuasive, balmy, balsamic, below… …   Moby Thesaurus

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