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  • The great ships are the ships do the business, they quite, deadening the enemy. Cited from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Lord Braybrooke/Editor
  • My active life had apparently come to another deadening full stop. Cited from The Conquest of Fear, by Basil King
  • And then he would lay the most miserable and heart-deadening feelings upon me possible. Cited from Adventures in the Land of Canaan, Robert Lee Berry
  • She stood, her fair hair pushed back from her face, her eye deadening every moment, quite quiet. Cited from The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 11, No. 63, January, 1863, by Various
  • The desert life was so deadening that any kind of a change would have been welcome. Cited from From the Bottom Up, by Alexander Irvine
  • Thus everywhere do we discover a deadening hand laid upon the self-expression of the democratic spirit through beauty. Cited from Architecture and Democracy, by Claude Fayette Bragdon
  • No doubt they had been present at many similar scenes, and custom is a deadening factor. Cited from The Shrieking Pit, by Arthur J. Rees
  • And at last sleep came to her, deadening every sense. Cited from Ailsa Paige, by Robert W. Chambers
  • A year after their return to their own country, the deadening, non-progressive atmosphere about them had done its work. Cited from Pushing to the Front, by Orison Swett Marden
  • She was rarely alone, he pressed upon her like a frost, deadening her. Cited from Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
  • Again the black sea took him, bearing him to and fro, deadening his pain but giving him no rest. Cited from The Bars of Iron, by Ethel May Dell
  • He went on down a winding sound-deadening path of sand towards the drinking-place. Cited from The Research Magnificent, by H.G. Wells
  • There is something very deadening to the person of average intelligence about most printed explanations of library work. Cited from Library Work with Children, by Alice I. Hazeltine
  • You don't know what a deadening is? Cited from Slave Narratives, Arkansas Part 2, by Work Projects Administration
  • Instead, it had of sound deadening removed from the car.
  • In many ways we are more defenceless against these deadening habits than the people of Europe. Cited from A Preface to Politics, by Walter Lippmann
  • Oh, there's nothing more deadening than to be boxed into a set in Society! Cited from Waste, by Granville Barker
  • He was free from the deadening influence of the cast-iron monument and that, for the moment, was enough. Cited from The Calling Of Dan Matthews, by Harold Bell Wright
  • For us the battle passes in silence, the noise of one's motor deadening all other sounds. Cited from Flying for France, by James R. McConnell
  • It must have had a deadening influence upon him to know that he was a marked man whether he did anything worthy of mark or not. Cited from Maria Mitchell: Life, Letters, and Journals, by Maria Mitchell
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Root form of deadening is deaden for the verb.

How deadening gets used

Meaning of deadening

  • verb Make vapid or deprive of spirit
    deadened wine
  • verb Lessen the momentum or velocity of
    deaden a ship's headway
  • verb Become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor
  • verb Make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
    Terror blunted her feelings, deaden a sound
  • verb Convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil