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As they touched the tempestuously tossing slime, it shrieked stridently, deafeningly—cosmically!

Sometimes the whole party, including the sentinel, set up a simultaneous yell so deafeningly loud that it can be heard a mile.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," Old English had adeafian (intransitive), which survived into Middle English as deave but then took on a transitive sense from mid-14c. and sank from use except in dialects (where it mostly has transitive and figurative senses), leaving English without an intransitive verb here.

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