dulness
Dullness Dull"ness, n. The state of being dull; slowness; stupidity; heaviness; drowsiness; bluntness; obtuseness; dimness; want of luster; want of vividness, or of brightness. [Written also {dulness}.] [1913 Webster]

And gentle dullness ever loves a joke. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dulness — is the goddess who presides over Alexander Pope s The Dunciad. She is the daughter of Nox and Chaos, and her mission is to convert all the world to stupidity. Her triumph is part of the translatio stultitia (the inverse of the translatio studii) …   Wikipedia

  • dulness — dull ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking interest or excitement. 2) lacking brightness or sheen. 3) (of the weather) overcast. 4) slow to understand; rather unintelligent. 5) indistinctly felt or heard. ► VERB ▪ make or become dull …   English terms dictionary

  • dulness — noun see dullness * * * dullˈness or dulˈness noun The state or quality of being dull • • • Main Entry: ↑dull * * * dulness see dullness …   Useful english dictionary

  • dulness — noun see dull I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dulness — See dullish. * * * …   Universalium

  • dulness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun See dullness …   English dictionary for students

  • dulness — dul·ness || dÊŒlnɪs n. slow wittedness, stupidity; boredom, tedium; bluntness, quality of not being sharp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dulness — dul·ness …   English syllables

  • dullness, dulness — The character of the sound obtained by percussing over a solid part incapable of resonating; usually applied to an area containing less air than those which can resonate. shifting d. a sign of free peritoneal fluid wherein the d. of percussion… …   Medical dictionary

  • The Dunciad — Alexander Pope The Dunciad /ˈd …   Wikipedia

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