• (adjective): Partially or completely lacking in the sense of hearing.
  • (adjective): Of or relating to the Deaf or their culture.
  • (adjective): Unwilling or refusing to listen; heedless: was deaf to our objections.
  • (noun): Deaf people considered as a group. Used with the.
  • (noun): The community of deaf people who use American Sign Language as a primary means of communication. Used with the.

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  • (noun): people who have severe hearing impairments; "many of the deaf use sign language"
  • (adjective): (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed; "deaf to her warnings"
  • (adjective): lacking or deprived of the sense of hearing wholly or in part
  • (verb): make or render deaf; "a deafening noise"

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Example Sentences

  • Nothing personal, but the term deaf-mute is way, way out of style.

  • But I think theawesomerobot's point about iPods for the deaf is a good one.

  • The temptation to discuss, solely in the light of Helen Keller, the whole matter of educating the deaf is a dangerous one, and one which I have not taken particular care to avoid, because my opinions are of no authority and I have merely tried to suggest problems and reinforce some of the main ideas expressed by Miss Sullivan, who is an authority.

  • He felt the ridicule which was attached to the mute character of the Legislative Body, which he called his deaf and dumb assembly.

  • A teacher of the deaf cannot lose sight of the fact that in the term deaf, or deaf-mute, there are included at least four sub-classes, namely, the semi-mutes, who have lost their hearing after they had acquired more or less perfectly the use of language; the semi-deaf, who retain some power of hearing, but yet cannot attend with profit schools for hearing children; the congenitally deaf, possessing some ability to perceive sound; and the totally deaf from birth, who are unable to perceive sound.

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