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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of deafen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. rendered deaf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. caused to hear poorly or not at all
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Even to conversation and acted plays, he gave an inattentive ear, instincts incapable of clear expression deafened him and blinded him; he was Milton’s lion35 rising up, pawing out of the earth, but unlike that lion, stuck half-way.
It was illness that blinded and deafened Helen Keller.
ETA: Via Neil Gaiman, here's a better photo of me (and him and Frank Wu, who nearly deafened me with his whoops of delight).
My protests, which ultimately sounded something like "Only Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld understand me," fell on deafened ears.
I, for one, stumbled drunkenly through the final miles, deafened, seeing only the stony path ahead.
As they came down to machine gun us, they came so close in their dive that they used to put their fingers up to us as they pulled out of the dive, on top of this they had a scaring device fitted to their planes, as they dived they developed a terrifying scream which almost deafened you.
Sometimes they were too stunned and deafened and dazed to do anything but surrender, or rather, try to do so.
We went round Belgravia and there has been such a howl ever since that it has completely deafened us ...
One needs a conductor simply because it's nice to know what is actually going on when one is deafened downwind of the trombones.
The gunfire had deafened her, and she could only hear her own ragged breath ringing in her ears.