Obmutescence Ob`mu*tes"cence ([o^]b`m[-u]*t[e^]s"sens), n. [L. obmutescens, p. pr of obmutescere to become dumb; ob (see {Ob-}) + mutescere to grow dumb, fr. mutus dumb.] 1. A becoming dumb; loss of speech. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

2. A keeping silent or mute. --Paley. [1913 Webster]

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  • obmutescence — noun Silence; inability or refusal to speak. See Also: obmutescent …   Wiktionary

  • obmutescence — É‘bmjÉ™ tesns / É’bmjuː tesns n. stubborn silence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • obmutescence — ob·mu·tes·cence …   English syllables

  • obmutescence — ˌäbmyəˈtesən(t)s noun Etymology: Latin obmutescere to become mute (from ob to, toward + mutescere to become mute, from mutus mute) + English ence more at ob , mute : a becoming or keeping silent or mute …   Useful english dictionary

  • Aphony — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Aphony >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 aphony aphony aphonia Sgm: N 1 dumbness dumbness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 obmutescence obmutescence Sgm: N 1 absence of voice absence of voice want of voice Sgm: N …   English dictionary for students

  • obmutescent — adjective Silent; unable or refusing to speak. See Also: obmutescence …   Wiktionary

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  • muteness — Synonyms and related words: anaudia, aphasia, aphonia, aphrasia, brevity, briefness, brusqueness, conciseness, curtness, deaf muteness, dumbness, economy of words, inarticulateness, jargon aphasia, laconicalness, laconism, loss of speech, motor… …   Moby Thesaurus

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