Origin of deafen
Examples from the Web for deafen
Silence helps them to continue depriving their people of opportunities…the silence is so loud that it might deafen society.Portraits Of Courage: Female Journalists Honored At International Women’s Media Foundation Awards
October 24, 2012
It was useless to struggle against it, and deafen my ears to the cry.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
"He yells loud enough to deafen a chanter," continued Gauchre.Notre-Dame de Paris
The eternal drumming in the streets is enough to deafen one for life.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber
James Aitken Wylie
It is to deafen, to keep down in some measure, the clamors of his bad conscience.Public School Education
At dark, swarms fill our room, deafen our ears, and irritate our skin.Mary and I
Stephen Return Riggs
- (tr) to make deaf, esp momentarily, as by a loud noise
Word Origin and History for deafen
1590s, "to make deaf," from deaf + -en (1). The earlier verb was simply deaf (mid-15c.). For "to become deaf, to grow deaf," Old English had adeafian (intransitive), which survived into Middle English as deave but then took on a transitive sense from mid-14c. and sank from use except in dialects (where it mostly has transitive and figurative senses), leaving English without an intransitive verb here.
- To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.