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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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 The score invigorated a crowd at Rostov Arena that was dominated by Mexico fans, who jumped, yelled and cheered at deafening levels. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Mexico Proves It’s No Fluke at World Cup," 23 June 2018 The dining room can be deafening when its 160 seats are full (which is most of the time, judging by my visits). Phil Vettel,, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 When the puck drops at about 8:25 p.m. Saturday in Capital One Arena, the cheers from almost 18,000 Washington Capitals fans will be deafening — and spurred on by an organist from Lutherville. Katherine Fominykh,, "As Capitals organist, Lutherville's Bruce Anderson is playing in 'uncharted territory'," 2 June 2018 One of the things that’s really hard to watch is the deafening silence by governments around the world when [the activists] were arrested. Karen Turner, Vox, "Women who fought to lift the women’s driving ban in Saudi Arabia are getting arrested," 25 May 2018 For a refresher course in making yourself heard above the deafening static of social-media chatter, political spin and daily outrage, let’s return to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Karla Peterson,, "Does America have a civility problem?," 27 June 2018 The sideshows included a dude on a Zapata flying board, another person descending from an army helicopter, and a deafening, dazzling flyover from la Patrouille de France, the French Air Force’s elite aerobatics crew. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "In Formula 1, you have to be amazing just to be average," 26 June 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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