verb (deadened; deadening) Date: 1613 transitive verb 1. to impair in vigor or sensation ; blunt <
deadened his enthusiasm
deadened the pain
2. a. to deprive of brilliance b. to make vapid or spiritless <
oxygen deadens wine
c. to make (as a wall) impervious to sound 3. to deprive of life ; kill intransitive verb to become dead ; lose life or vigor • deadener noundeadeningly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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