voiceless

adjective
voice·less | \ ˈvȯis-ləs \

Definition of voiceless 

1 : having no voice : mute

2 : not voiced : surd a voiceless consonant

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Other words from voiceless

voicelessly adverb
voicelessness noun

Synonyms for voiceless

Synonyms

inarticulate, mute, speechless

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Examples of voiceless in a Sentence

“S” is a voiceless consonant. believes that animals deserve basic rights even though they are voiceless

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The first is that the child herself, literally voiceless in the case of Moore’s photograph, ceases to be an individual, instead becoming a blank canvas upon which adults project their anxieties and fears. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "America’s “Poster Child” Syndrome," 20 June 2018 And White gave a loving shout-out to Holland for breaking through the traditional kitchen patriarchy — and tracing the culinary footsteps of thousands of voiceless black women chefs, cooks and food writers. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "MoAD’s Diaspora Dinner honors chef Tanya Holland," 15 June 2018 Oppressed and voiceless is exactly how Serena Joy feels. Rena Gross, Billboard, "9 Major Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 9 'Smart Power'," 13 June 2018 To be zealous advocates for their children, who are often voiceless and lack the ability to recognize and decry abuse by authority figures. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Parents must be willing to crush athletic dreams to protect their kids," 28 Jan. 2018 There are hundreds of voiceless people who don't know how to fight this. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte wants to bulldoze man's bungalow. He said it's unfair - and is fighting back. | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 Even that form of communication was denied him when a near-fatal bout with pneumonia in 1985 necessitated a tracheotomy, which left him voiceless. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen Hawking, ground-breaking physicist, dead at 76," 14 Mar. 2018 On the other hand, there’s no denying the sudden eeriness of this voiceless police report: a file of a person who may or may not be alive, lost to the winds of time. Carlos Valladares, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Dunes’ a surreal landmark of Japanese cinema," 15 Jan. 2018 For decades, Johnson, 58, remained voiceless about her past, cycling through two more abusive relationships. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "Raped at 8 and forced to wed at 11, this woman tries to end child marriage," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of voiceless

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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voiceless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of voiceless

: not large or powerful enough to be noticed by the government, the media, etc.

of a sound : made without moving your vocal cords

voiceless

adjective
voice·less | \ ˈvȯis-ləs \

Kids Definition of voiceless

1 : having no voice

2 : spoken without vibration of the vocal cords the voiceless consonants \p\, \t\, and \th\

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