Likewise, the muted Moonves seems to be craving some wiggle room of his own.
Throughout Iraq, celebrations of Christmas have been muted or gone underground.
The easily concealable and muted weapon would allow him to sneak up on his victims and get away afterward to kill again.
Within 10 seconds, his target vanishes in a muted cloud of smoke and rubble 7,000 miles away.
When protests swelled in Moscow aimed at corruption and electoral fraud, the White house reaction was muted.
Far off; muted by distance, but still unmistakable; he heard the baying of bloodhounds.
There were muted rumblings and crashes that slowly died away.
No forms—it is all faint, dreamy color music, a far-away, long-drawn-out melody on muted strings.
She could not say her prayers; she had none to say; her mind and soul were muted, muffled, dumb.
Each time as he came on the true beam he was rewarded by a deepening of the muted note.
1861, in reference to musical instruments, past participle adjective from mute (v.). Figuratively by 1879. Of colors by 1939. Related: mutedness.
late 14c., mewet "silent," from Old French muet "dumb, mute" (12c.), diminutive of mut, mo, from Latin mutus "silent, speechless, dumb," probably from imitative base *meue- (cf. Sanskrit mukah "dumb," Greek myein "to be shut," of the mouth). Form assimilated in 16c. to Latin mutus.
1570s, "stage actor in a dumb show;" 1610s as "person who does not speak," from mute (adj.). Musical sense first recorded 1811 of stringed instruments, 1841, of horns.
Unable or unwilling to speak. n.
One who does not have the faculty of speech. No longer in technical use, considered offensive.