mute


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Synonyms for mute

Synonyms for mute

temporarily unable or unwilling to speak, as from shock or fear

lacking the power or faculty of speech

to decrease or dull the sound of

to make or become less severe or extreme

Synonyms for mute

a deaf person who is unable to speak

a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument

deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

expressed without speech

unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

References in classic literature ?
As to the officer, now grown mute again, he had full time for meditation.
And this story, too, I received without comment in my character of a mute witness of things Russian, unrolling their Eastern logic under my Western eyes.
This was the period, about three months after she had commenced, that the first report of her case was made, in which it was stated that "she has just learned the manual alphabet, as used by the deaf mutes, and it is a subject of delight and wonder to see how rapidly, correctly, and eagerly, she goes on with her labours.
When left alone, she seems very happy if she have her knitting or sewing, and will busy herself for hours; if she have no occupation, she evidently amuses herself by imaginary dialogues, or by recalling past impressions; she counts with her fingers, or spells out names of things which she has recently learned, in the manual alphabet of the deaf mutes.
Coffin-plates, elm-chips, bright-headed nails, and shreds of black cloth, lay scattered on the floor; and the wall behind the counter was ornamented with a lively representation of two mutes in very stiff neckcloths, on duty at a large private door, with a hearse drawn by four black steeds, approaching in the distance.
Maggie looked at Tom in mute distress, their father's mind was so far off the present, which would by-and-by thrust itself on his wandering consciousness
Tulliver entered the room, but stood in mute surprise to find her husband down already, and with the great Bible before him.
From all these mute signs and tokens of her presence, he naturally glanced at Barbara herself, who sat as mute as they, shelling peas into a dish; and just when Kit was looking at her eyelashes and wondering--quite in the simplicity of his heart-- what colour her eyes might be, it perversely happened that Barbara raised her head a little to look at him, when both pair of eyes were hastily withdrawn, and Kit leant over his plate, and Barbara over her pea-shells, each in extreme confusion at having been detected by the other.
The subordinates and mutes will go on foot, as is also usual.
funeral orations projecting from their breast pockets; then a carriage containing the head surgeons and their cases of instruments; then eight private carriages containing consulting surgeons; then a hack containing a coroner; then the two hearses; then a carriage containing the head undertakers; then a train of assistants and mutes on foot; and after these came plodding through the fog a long procession of camp followers, police, and citizens generally.
Some people ought to have mutes for servants in Vanity Fair--mutes who could not write.
We have our own mute swans, and they've been here for some years.
communication with another user completely, the mute function is intended to be
The mute swan's bite is just about as painful as a clothes peg on your finger; as for the wings, I've had harder 'whoppings' from Sir's cane at school
The march brought together over 300 people from the deaf and mute community.