Definitions

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  • adv. In a deaf manner; without the aid of a sense of hearing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lonely; solitary.
  • adv. Without sense of sounds; obscurely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without sense of sounds; obscurely heard.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Moreover, sprinkled throughout Eid's comments downplaying the threat and the risk posed by these "meth heads," he rather tone-deafly reiterated some variation of, "Like I said we all have an open mind about this, we take this very seriously."

    Scant Coverage of Obama Assassination Plot -- Irresponsible or Cautious?

  • We must be able to hear the echo gathering over these passages or we are missing something important—we are numbly, deafly seeing the waterfall plunge into the valley without hearing the resonant roar.

    The Muse in the Machine

  • ARWA DAMON, CNN PRODUCER: Well, Wolf, it's 3: 00 in the morning here in Iraq, in Karabila, downtown Karabila, and it is deafly silent.

    CNN Transcript Nov 11, 2005

  • Late at night, he rose painfully to his feet and tottered deafly into the night, taking his beliefs, if any, with him.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • We walked on deafly; but a sergeant came after, and took me roughly by the arm, saying ‘The Bey wants you’.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • While on the shore old Deacon Deangin, blind and deafly singing,

    Skinnydipping Baptism

  • He had never tried to operate the device, but he deafly recalled when the helmeted guard at the hospital had given it to him.

    Mind Meld

  • The men seemed to take a perverted delight in wandering aimlessly and deafly across the road, and in leaving anything on the road which could conceivably obstruct or annoy a motor-cyclist.

    Adventures of a Despatch Rider

  • But on the edges of the Empire this decivilization became a definite barbarism, owing to the nearness of wild neighbours who were ready to destroy as deafly and blindly as things are destroyed by fire.

    A Short History of England

  • Can it be that when God made His pretty world He had certain things exceeding sharp and sweet to say to us, which it is His will only to whisper to us through human reeds: the frail human reeds on which we sometimes deafly lean until they break and pierce our cruel hands?

    Prisoners Fast Bound In Misery And Iron

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