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

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The clashes turned the city’s heart into a dizzying mix of flames, tear gas and deafening shouts from protesters and police alike. Washington Post, "Hong Kong protesters defy ban as clashes escalate on key pro-democracy anniversary," 31 Aug. 2019 Videos on social media show the parliament building billowing black smoke, and deafening chants from large crowds on the streets -- a rare public protest in the highly militarized region. Jessie Yeung And Masrur Jamaluddin, CNN, "Protesters set fire to a parliament building in West Papua as demonstrations spread," 19 Aug. 2019 Disney, long a conqueror of the four-quadrant movie space, has unleashed a particularly deafening roar across the movie business over the past few months. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Has Disney Cornered the Family Film Market as Rivals Hit Summer Slumps?," 15 Aug. 2019 Then came a flash of light and a deafening crack, and a toilet lay in ruin. Matthew Cappucci,, "Toilet explodes during Florida thunderstorm," 12 Aug. 2019 The game, played before a deafening overflow crowd of 27,088 split almost evenly between supporters of the two teams, lived up to its hype — and then some. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "El Trafico: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hat trick gets Galaxy the victory in testy match with LAFC," 19 July 2019 Men whistle, tromp through mud and, of course, fire deafening artillery rounds. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Stephen Daw: Definitely the deafening silence from Taylor after Kanye handed the mic back to her, while the crowd violently booed him. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Looking Back at the VMAs 10 Years Later: A Billboard Staff Kanye/Taylor Roundtable," 22 Aug. 2019 For over 60 years, residents have lived under the deafening roar of private jets and Cessna planes, but their calls for help went unheeded. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Letter: Time for a truly beneficial reuse of the Reid-Hillview," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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