dulled


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dull

 (dŭl)
adj. dull·er, dull·est
1.
a. Arousing little interest; lacking liveliness; boring: a dull movie.
b. Not brisk or rapid; sluggish: Business has been dull.
2. Not having a sharp edge or point; blunt: a dull knife.
3.
a. Not intensely or keenly felt: a dull ache.
b. Not bright, vivid, or shiny: a dull brown; a glaze with a dull finish.
c. Cloudy or overcast: a dull sky.
d. Not clear or resonant: a dull thud.
4. Intellectually weak or obtuse; stupid.
5. Lacking responsiveness or alertness; insensitive: half-asleep and dull to the noises in the next room.
6. Dispirited; depressed: a dull mood.
tr. & intr.v. dulled, dull·ing, dulls
To make or become dull.

[Middle English dul; akin to Old English dol.]

dull′ish adj.
dull′ness, dul′ness n.
dul′ly adv.
Synonyms: dull, colorless, drab1, humdrum, lackluster, pedestrian, stodgy, uninspired
These adjectives mean lacking in liveliness, charm, or surprise: a dull, uninteresting performance; a colorless and unimaginative person; a drab and boring job; a humdrum conversation; a lackluster life; a pedestrian movie plot; a stodgy dinner party; an uninspired lecture.
Antonym: lively
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dulled - 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 - not having or showing interest; "an uninterested spectator"
2.dulled - made dull or blunt
dull - not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use"
3.dulled - deprived of color; "colors dulled by too much sun"; "greyed with the dust of the road"
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
Translations
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The conditions of her life were in no way changed, but her whole existence was dulled, like a faded garment which seems to be no longer worth wearing.
Dimmesdale had taken her in charge, the good grandam's chief earthly comfort -- which, unless it had been likewise a heavenly comfort, could have been none at all -- was to meet her pastor, whether casually, or of set purpose, and be refreshed with a word of warm, fragrant, heaven-breathing Gospel truth, from his beloved lips, into her dulled, but rapturously attentive ear.
You have lived so long in the toil and heat that your senses are dulled, your souls are numbed; but realize once in your lives this world in which you dwell--tear off the rags of its customs and conventions--behold it as it is, in all its hideous nakedness
Some- times it swelled up and for a moment seemed less remote; but when we were hopefully expecting it to betray its cause and nature, it dulled and sank again, carrying its mystery with it.
My dulled faculties dragged themselves partly back to life and took a receptive attitude.