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deadening \dead"en*ing\ adj. [p. pr. of verb deaden[3].] Rendering less lively, intense, or vigorous; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks.

2. So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks.

Syn: boring, dreary, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome.


deadening \dead"en*ing\ n. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine).

Syn: stultification, impairment.


vb. (present participle of deaden English)

  1. adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome" [syn: boring, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]

  2. n. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine) [syn: stultification, constipation, impairment]

Usage examples of "deadening".

Numbweed worked really quickly, deadening any flesh, human, dragon and, he hoped, dolphin.

Keita said, reproachfully, her expression severe, "that the deadening effect of numb-weed is deceptive.

The fans hummed, deadening conversation into local areas, but not shielding them from monitoring.

Perhaps the maddened Gnome had found his own way to escape its deadening effects, but it seemed unlikely.

Lately, he had forgotten just how odd was their pairing, but now the reminder weighed down upon him with a deadening pressure.

Beer-swilling bar patrons, abusive club owners, miles of North Dakota wheat fields, and less than adequate sleep had piled one on top of another in a deadening heap.

The veils of magic drift over her, deadening her body, and in another few heartbeats she is frozen in place, her hands still lifted to play, as though she is a statue of a harper.

Her legs scissored open and closed weakly as her body fought the deadening effect of the potion.

This she would have done with or without the deadening potion she was now awaiting to lift consciousness from her tortured brain.

His head drooped forward so that the mark of shame he wore touched on the sacred stone, yet there was no deadening of the Tie glow.