Speechlessness
Speechless Speech"less, a. 1. Destitute or deprived of the faculty of speech. [1913 Webster]

2. Not speaking for a time; dumb; mute; silent. [1913 Webster]

Speechless with wonder, and half dead with fear. --Addison. [1913 Webster] -- {Speech"less*ly}, adv. -- {Speech"less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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