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Blindness \Blind"ness\, n. State or condition of being blind, literally or figuratively.

Color blindness, inability to distinguish certain color. See Daltonism.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English blindnysse, blendes, from blind + -ness. Figurative sense was in Old English.


n. 1 The condition of being blind; unable to see. 2 (context figuratively English) Want of intellectual or moral discernment; mental darkness; ignorance, heedlessness. 3 (context obsolete English) concealment


n. lack of sight [syn: sightlessness, cecity]

  1. redirect Visual impairment

Category:Visual disturbances and blindness

Blindness (novel)

Blindness (, meaning On Blindness) is a novel by Portuguese author José Saramago. It is one of his most famous novels, along with The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and Baltasar and Blimunda.

Blindness (film)

Blindness is a 2008 Brazilian- Canadian film, an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by Portuguese author José Saramago about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. The film was written by Don McKellar and directed by Fernando Meirelles with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as the main characters. Saramago originally refused to sell the rights for a film adaptation, but the producers were able to acquire it with the condition that the film would be set in an unnamed and unrecognizable city. Blindness premiered as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2008, and the film was released in the United States on October 3, 2008.

Blindness (disambiguation)

Blindness is a visual condition.

Blindness may also refer to:

  • Blindness (novel), a 1995 novel by Portuguese author José Saramago
  • Blindness (film), a 2008 film adaptation of the 1995 novel
  • "Blindness", a song by Metric from the 2009 album Fantasies
  • Blindness Records

Usage examples of "blindness".

Bertram, Bedel of the Fowlers, has announced that if this so-called guru can cure his blindness, he will take the soma.

The German oculist began by admitting that after the operation for cataract there was no chance of the disease returning, but that there was a considerable risk of the crystalline humour evaporating, and the patient being left in a state of total blindness.

And Homais retired, declaring that he could not understand this obstinacy, this blindness in refusing the benefactions of science.

Malaria, malnutrition, river blindness, sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, yaws, bilharzia, and rift valley fever were everywhere in retreat under the benign rule of the Pan-African Federation.

Matching of Hues -- Purity and Luminosity of Colours -- Matching Bright Hues -- Aid of Tinted Films -- Matching Difficulties Arising from Contrast -- Examination of Colours by Reflected and Transmitted Lights -- Effect of Lustre and Transparency of Fibres in Colour Matching -- Matching of Colours on Velvet Pile -- Optical Properties of Dye-stuffs, Dichroism, Fluorescence -- Use of Tinted Mediums -- Orange Film -- Defects of the Eye -- Yellowing of the Lens -- Colour Blindness, etc.

The confusion of the duncical city derives from this essential blindness: the dunces know full well what they do but they do not know the significance of what they do.

Unlike mass-produced cars, however, mass-produced pedigree puppies can come with serious hereditary problems, running the gamut from hip dysplasia to early blindness, brought on by multigenerational inbreeding.

Clara might restore her eyesight, and in her old age she preferred her blindness.

Therefore no tangible interval passed before Hyn galloped free of agony, bearing Linden out into a flood of sunlight and dazzled blindness.

Berncastle mentions a case of extraction of double cataract and double iridectomy for occluded pupils, which, after thirty years of blindness, resulted in the recovery of good sight.

Every jackanapes and teaching assistant in his blindness setting himself up to be the equal of a Master of the Arts.

After a moment of blindness as the bright lights came up, Laree screamed.

The men who stood and peered out, frustrated by blindness, aiming for some glimpse, for anything that moved, were the first ones cut down, never seeing their enemy.

The symptoms then are mainly those of peripheral neuritis with blindness.

This is her first episode of retrobulbar neuritis, resulting in total blindness.