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

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But underneath the thrilling music, the glossy stars, and the deafening Oscar buzz, the movie discretely turns the idea of what an onscreen manly-man should look like. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 5 Oct. 2018 The resistance to movements like #MeToo tends to come not in grand claps, but in soft hums, low and slow and nearly imperceptible until, the whole thing accumulates into a din that becomes deafening. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When the White House Is a Safe Space," 6 July 2018 The community caught wind of their romance, and its disapproval was predictably deafening. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Disobedience Is Much More Than a Forbidden-Love Story," 10 May 2018 This White House has never been a beacon of transparency, but even for it, that silence is pretty deafening. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump’s silence on Stormy Daniels is deafening," 26 Mar. 2018 As victim after victim read statements during Nassar's sentencing hearing the past several days, the cry for Simon's departure became deafening. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon: 'As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable'," 24 Jan. 2018 The helicopter crew realized something was amiss when — despite the deafening noise of the helicopter — two people in sleeping bags at a campsite didn’t rouse at all, The Sacramento Bee reports. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Beach campsite murder went unsolved 13 years. Now a killer faces charges, Calif. deputies say | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018 When Simmons crossed over Kelly Olynyk en route to a vicious dunk in the second half of Game 1, the noise in the arena reached deafening levels, only emboldening Simmons for the rest of the night. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Ben Simmons Proving He Can Thrive As Philly's Lone Star," 16 Apr. 2018 Backed by a once more deafening crowd, South Korea were presented the chance of a dream start when a penalty was awarded after just four minutes., "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - Remembering South Korea's Tarnished Run to the 2002 Semis," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of deafening

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deafening was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of deafening

: extremely loud

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something that serves to warn or remind

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