deaf·​en·​ing | \ ˈde-fə-niŋ How to pronounce deafening (audio) , ˈdef-niŋ \

Definition of deafening

1 : that deafens
2 : very loud : earsplitting fell with a deafening clap
3 : very noticeable their silence on the issue was deafening

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Other Words from deafening

deafeningly adverb

Examples of deafening in a Sentence

the deafening roar of the planes a boom box blasting deafening music
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, people are being encouraged to say Taylor's name loudly and often; in the streets and online, so that in the deafening wave of dissent crashing over the country, her story is not washed away. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Breonna Taylor would have been 27 today. Here's where her case stands.," 5 June 2020 Full coverage of George Floyd's death and protests around the country Angelenos who remember the riots recall an almost deafening silence settling over the city as unrest wore on. NBC News, "The Insurrection Act was last used in the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Invoking it again could undo years of police reform, some warn.," 4 June 2020 Once every decade or so, though, that cacophony turns deafening as millions of the winged insects emerge at once in dense throngs. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Millions of cicadas are emerging in the U.S. right now. Here’s why.," 3 June 2020 Polar bear warning signs went unheeded; the deafening hum of the vicious, biting flies seemed like more of an imminent threat. Hillary Richard, New York Times, "Doing the Bump With the Belugas," 11 May 2020 So at least 40 cars instead piled into the parking lot of the neighboring CatholicLife Insurance building, where drivers proceeded to blare their horns in a deafening cacophony. Joshua Fechter,, "Caravan of honking cars replaces traditional protest in San Antonio amid coronavirus crisis," 19 Apr. 2020 At the very least, the shift in conservative news suggests that the debate over the president’s competence will become yet another partisan one, obscuring Trump’s objective, on-the-record negligence in the usual deafening crossfire. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Don’t Let Trump Off the Hook for the Coronavirus Crisis," 18 Mar. 2020 Yet that is easier said than done — in part because there’s a deafening amount of noise in American politics in 2020, and in part because Rx T. Rex is far from the only costumed mascot roaming the land. Samuel Ashworth, Washington Post, "The Beautiful Art of Hassling Politicians While Wearing Animal Costumes," 24 Feb. 2020 They are supported by the deafening silence from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, who appear to have succumbed to star power rather than common sense in committing hundreds of millions in public funds to this disaster in the making. Los Angeles Times, "Feedback: What readers think about petition to name Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘sexiest man’," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of deafening

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deafening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deafening

: extremely loud

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