from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Unable to distinguish differences in musical pitch.
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- adj. Unable to clearly distinguish the difference in pitch between different notes.
- adj. Having little appreciation of music, whether or not as a result of (1).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unable to appreciate music
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There's a reason that we use the metaphor "tone-deaf" to describe a particular kind of political failure.
Whether it's pushing science on a dreamy poet or music on a tone-deaf athlete, society is littered with the rubble of childhoods mangled by parental ambition.
Even more frustrating is the inability to reach through the television screen and say directly to a people facing great peril and immense promise that while our political leaders are tone-deaf, we are not.
While it is great that so many businesses finally see the green in ‘going green’, too often businesses approach going green in all the wrong ways – producing useless ‘eco’ products, tone-deaf marketing, or even worse: greenwashing.
Really, how stupid and tone-deaf are these people?
NB: Ideally, this pervasive incoherence and tone-deaf arrogance will come naturally.
I think he is tone-deaf (country club, Civil Rights Act).
To talk about ‘net social costs’ in the context of marginalized minorities is tone-deaf.
If a team in the CFL decided to call itself the Patriots after a successful NFL team the name would sound clueless and tone-deaf, although not half as much as Real Salt Lake does.
He also blasted the DNC's statement as politically tone-deaf.