deadened


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dead·en

 (dĕd′n)
v. dead·ened, dead·en·ing, dead·ens
v.tr.
1. To render less intense, sensitive, or vigorous: a medication to deaden the pain; wall tiles that deaden the sound from the rehearsal studio.
2. To make soundproof.
3. To make less colorful or brilliant.
v.intr.
1. To become dead.
2. To lose vigor, brilliance, or liveliness.

dead′en·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.deadened - devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"
insensitive - not responsive to physical stimuli; "insensitive to radiation"
2.deadened - made or become less intense; "the deadened pangs of hunger"
dull - not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain"
References in classic literature ?
For, strange to say, the love and interest of horticulture had not deadened in Isaac his fierce envy and thirst of revenge.
She recalled faintly an ecstasy of pain, the heavy odor of chloroform, a stupor which had deadened sensation, and an awakening to find a little new life to which she had given being, added to the great unnumbered multitude of souls that come and go.
Her own appearance was sufficiently ghastly, standing in the dark with her apron thrown over her head, and speaking behind it in a low, deadened voice.
Each remembered thing in the room was disenchanted, was deadened as an unlit transparency, till her wandering gaze came to the group of miniatures, and there at last she saw something which had gathered new breath and meaning: it was the miniature of Mr.
In this condition, father - for I show you now, without fear or favour, the ordinary deadened state of my mind as I know it - you proposed my husband to me.