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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Both debates at the Fox Theatre kicked off with applause that can only be described as a deafening pandemonium. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Google reveals most-searched candidate during Wednesday debate," 1 Aug. 2019 In the past week family members, political operatives, and friends have asked me why the cacophony has grown so deafening this time, after decades of possible pretexts for such protests. Adrian Carrasquillo, The New Republic, "Puerto Ricans Are Tired of Being Powerless," 25 July 2019 The venue filled with deafening applause every time her face appeared onscreen. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "K-Pop Superstars Twice Touch Down on East Coast With Uplifting Concert," 22 July 2019 All accompanied and fueled by the deafening chatter of a million tweets, posts, columns and takes that swung from praise to accusations of too much/not enough change. Mary Mcnamara,, "Academy CEO Dawn Hudson on 8 years of trying to modernize a 92-year-old boys’ club," 4 July 2019 Beat Saber can sound deafening, while productivity apps in Windows max out at a frustratingly low volume. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Is Valve Index the best virtual reality system to buy in 2019?," 28 June 2019 Apple’s hope is that maybe a little haptic jolt could be enough to nudge someone out of a deafening club. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself," 9 June 2019 Even engaging a resume coach to help me finetune my credentials failed to break the deafening silence until an email arrived from ZipRecruiter, one of several job hunting sites I was registered with. Lee H. Goldberg, Ars Technica, "“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam," 2 June 2019 But with all the TV in the world to watch, a million Instagram stories to mindlessly swipe through, and a 24/7 onslaught of news to read, standing out from the deafening chaos isn’t easy. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Jenna Lyons, the former powerhouse behind J.Crew, finally announced her next move," 9 Oct. 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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