[ UK /dˈɛdənd/ ]
  1. devoid of physical sensation; numb
    a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities
    she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth
    his gums were dead from the novocain
  2. made or become less intense
    the deadened pangs of hunger
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How To Use deadened In A Sentence

  • With new emotion and fresh distress Cecilia perceived this change; what he might have to say she could not conjecture, but all that foreran his communication convinced her it was nothing she could wish; and much as she had desired some explanation of his designs, when the long-expected moment seemed arriving, prognostications the most cruel of the event, repressed her impatience, and deadened her curiosity. Cecilia
  • Your constant criticism has deadened their enthusiasm.
  • A log cabin, and occasionally a stable and corn crib, and a field of a dozen acres, the timber girdled or "deadened," and fenced, are enough for his occupancy. A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
  • I push my deadened feet up, forcing them to move, my hands stuck by my side as I turn the corner into the lounge.
  • The deadened echo of those words still sounded round Man now, as he stood cold and strengthless in Soho Square. MAN'S LOVING FAMILY
  • In this culture, we are deadened to the effects of our lives on other people, other animals, on natural resources every day.
  • Between the water draining, the cool water pouring in, and her skin deadened from sensation, the pain started to become tolerable.
  • Sadly, the supporting non-celebrity players deliver their lines in the same deadened monotone that passes for the industry standard in video game voice acting.
  • When my traumatized states could not find a hospitable relational home or context of human understanding, I became deadened, and my world became dulled. Robert D. Stolorow: Losing and Regaining My Sense of Being
  • My toes are deadened with cold.
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