American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who can neither hear nor speak.
- adj. Unable to speak or hear. See Usage Note at mute.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who is both deaf and dumb, the dumbness resulting from deafness which has existed either from birth or from a very early period of the person's life. Deaf-mutes communicate their thoughts by means either of significant or arbitrary signs or motions, or of a manual alphabet formed by positions of the fingers of one or both hands. The accompanying illustration shows a form of the single-hand alphabet now universally taught to deaf-mutes in the United States. The two-hand alphabet, invented about the close of the eighteenth century, is somewhat more complicated, and is in limited use in other countries. Deaf-mutes are taught in many cases to understand spoken language by observing the motions of the speaker's lips, and to use articulate speech themselves, sometimes very distinctly.
- n. A subject for dissection.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See Illust. of Dactylology. A person who is deaf and dumb; one who, through deprivation or defect of hearing, has either failed the acquire the power of speech, or has lost it.
- adj. lacking the sense of hearing and the ability to speak
- n. a deaf person who is unable to speak
“The students at Espoir des sourds have been reported to have been making the most of what the internet has to offer by connecting with other deaf-mutes and deaf-mute organisations and support groups throughout the world via the local cybercafes in Kisangani.”
“Celina Aarons has her two deaf-mute brothers on her plan.”
“As the "academic entrepreneurs" buy, sell and auction us off on the foreign aid market and the few voices in the wilderness struggle to call attention to the ineffectiveness of aid in spurring economic development, Ethiopian intellectuals in the main have resolved to stand deaf-mute and watch the debate from the sidelines.”
“At that time, there was talk of a deaf-mute who sometimes frequented the same spot, unschooled in any language of symbols, motioning uselessly to passersby.”
“The deaf-mute had taken to smearing his face with white paint, they said, and that alone had saved him from a cell at the Ste.”
““Mute” is a story about an acquaintance between a supposed deaf-mute person and Monette and what happens when he reveals his true feelings.”
“The story follows Ryu, a deaf-mute, as he tries to find a kidney for his ailing sister.”
“Tom used to own Uncle Freddy's Gallery with his partner and wife Linda Dorman, named in honor of his deaf-mute uncle, who was one of the few genuinely considerate adults in his not so pleasant youth.”
“Â She won the Oscar as best actress for her 1948 role as a teenage deaf-mute raped in Johnny Belinda, the first person in the sound era to win an acting Oscar without speaking a line of dialogue.”
“In this piece, I explore the human rights rhetoric in U.S. foreign policy and argue that lofty talk without action has emboldened Ethiopia's dictators to ply their usual trade with greater audacity and made the U.S. a silent partner and a deaf-mute witness to their crimes.”
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