Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Inability to hear musical sounds. Also called amusia.
“I submit that for all of the micro-management brilliance of Karl Rove in engineering nationwide campaigns almost precinct by precinct, there was a certain tone-deafness to the bigger yearning of the electorate at times.”
“But it's hard to imagine anything surpassing the jaw-dropping tone-deafness of CBS' cringe-com Rob premiering tonight at 8:31/7:31c, a culture-clash calamity that's about as funny as the Mexican-American War, though hardly as subtle.”
“I won't pretend to hide the fact that I'm a bit allergic to Metro's double standards regarding station location placement or to the tone-deafness of some behemoth government agencies.”
“Dan Rather says that the election in Massachusetts proved that the White House is "tone deaf," because the clearest symptom of tone-deafness is the existence of Martha Coakley, who wouldn't talk to votes and who didn't know what the "Red Sox" were.”
“Generally to toss an incumbent there has to be some game-changer: Either a national mood to sweep out incumbents and overturn the status quo (as is happening this year) or the incumbent has to have some serious flaw that the challenger can exploit, like a scandal or tone-deafness to the needs of his constituents.”
“As for tone-deafness, a May 2011 Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans 53 percent favored legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples.”
“The ethical tone-deafness of these two people is nothing short of astonishing.”
“I do think it shows a serious degree of tone-deafness to have done that.”
“Neurology So You Think You Can't Dance Researchers in Canada have produced the first case study of "beat deafness," a malady analogous to tone-deafness but affecting perception of rhythm.”
“In a surprising display of political tone-deafness, the Chamber was patronizing enough to include in its report the personal income per capita of the people who live in the states where those 333 projects would be located.”
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