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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEADENED

The excitement caused by the reading of the letter dulled and deadened.

The sharp clack of the streets was deadened to a low hum as of the sea afar off.

There was no sound anywhere except the light fall of his own deadened footstep.

There was an interval in which the voices were deadened and confused.

I heard the deadened thud of Martin's footsteps on the lawn passing to and fro.

It would be muffled and deadened by the leaves and branches all about it.

There was an exultation in Jon's heart that deadened the hunger and washed away the nausea.

It was as though he himself had been deadened to every sense but this.

I cried, in the scared, deadened voice of an awful discovery.

The suggestion of a laugh in the deadened voice passed off in a catch of the breath.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s "deprive of or diminish (some quality)," from dead (adj.) + -en (1). Earlier the verb was simply dead. Related: Deadened; deadening.

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