from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being dumb; stupidity.
  • noun Specifically, an abnormal mental condition of the horse, following acute inflammation of the brain, in which the various senses are dulled and the animal takes no notice of its surroundings. There is also a peculiar alteration in the method of taking in the food.


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  • _ -- The symptoms are an expression of dullness and stupidity, and from their nature this disease is sometimes known as "dumminess" or

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • In dumminess, or immobility, the hanging position of the head and the stupid expression are rather characteristic.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • It may be due to depression of the central nervous system, as in dumminess, or be the result of the administration of drugs, such as digitalis or strophantus.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

  • That Senator Blaine Mayer, who wants to prosecute a man who has saved millions of lives over seven seasons, might get to pay for his dumminess is almost too much to ask for.


  • In order to see the dumminess of going after fine Americans who tried to balance protecting the country with the law, a country has to have a somewhat well-developed sense of proportion.



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