Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being mute; dumbness; forbearance from speaking, or inability to speak.
- n. The characteristic of being mute.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being mute; speechlessness.
- n. a refusal to speak when expected
- n. the condition of being unable or unwilling to speak
“She does it because she has fallen in love with a human prince, but since he can only recognize her by her beautiful singing voice, her muteness is a problem.”
“The tidal wave of muteness is thought to have been caused by a post published this morning by Peter Black.”
“It's a cast of the inside part of a library, so it's all about silence and muteness, which is what happened.”
“Unless, thought Cadfael doubtfully, his muteness was a new-come thing in recent years, from some constriction of the cords of the tongue or the sinews of the throat?”
“Her muteness is a desperate appeal for help - to be deported and sent home.”
“His notion would seem to have been that a husband was bound not to dismiss his wife, except for a reason really sufficient; such as a thoroughly incompatible temper, an incorrigible "muteness," and a desertion like that of Mrs. Milton.”
“And so -- the rest is silence, and what of work we may still do will be done in that dogged muteness which is the lot of advancing years.”
“If only he could have burst out of his glorious "muteness" to say her name out loud - the best name ever!”
“It is the kind of muteness that reverberates with fear and anxiety from within, threatening to make obsolete all beliefs and learning.”
“Slide 22: DEMON POSSESSiON But the Bible never suggests that all ailments are the result of demonic activity, only that demons can afflict people with physical symptoms such as muteness,”
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