Silence helps them to continue depriving their people of opportunities…the silence is so loud that it might deafen society.
There is no merit in shouting: but to speak up for truth and justice is well, to deafen the world with charlatanry is damnable.
It was useless to struggle against it, and deafen my ears to the cry.
The whistles of the police leaped through the air, but did not deafen the shouts.
The eternal drumming in the streets is enough to deafen one for life.
Hearest thou voices on the shore, That our ears perceive no more, deafen'd by the cataract's roar?
It is to deafen, to keep down in some measure, the clamors of his bad conscience.
There was silence for a moment,—silence, all but the throbbing that seemed as if it must deafen the child, as it was choking him.
At dark, swarms fill our room, deafen our ears, and irritate our skin.
Somewhere in the world—so the theory ran—there must live the woman who could deafen Harry's ears to a fresh blast of the horn.
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.
deafen deaf·en (děf'ən)
v. deaf·ened, deaf·en·ing, deaf·ens
To make deaf, especially momentarily by a loud noise.