mutism

noun
mut·​ism | \ ˈmyü-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce mutism (audio) \

Definition of mutism

: the condition of being unable to speak whether from physical, functional, or psychological cause

Examples of mutism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Federico Atehortúa Arteaga’s essay film connects the 1906 execution of four men charged with attempting to kill the president of Colombia, his mother’s mutism and the origins of Colombian cinema. Peter Libbey, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The New Pope’," 9 Mar. 2020 After all, severe autism repels language, turns it chaotic or, in the case of autistic mutism, simply absorbs it wholesale, as a black hole does light. Eli Gottlieb, chicagotribune.com, "In 'Shtum,' parents wreck their home to find a better one for their autistic son.," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of mutism

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mutism

French mutisme, from Latin mutus mute

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12 Jan 2021

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“Mutism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutism. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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mutism

noun
mut·​ism | \ ˈmyüt-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce mutism (audio) \

Medical Definition of mutism

: the condition of being unable to speak whether from physical, functional, or psychological cause

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