The question of the hereditary nature of muteness has been a good deal discussed by French experts.
Plunged in their discussions, the others were a long while in remarking his muteness.
How easily Stillman must have seen through Claire's muteness and the elder woman's eager craving for an audience!
For a day or two he persevered in his muteness, uttering a word only when it could not be avoided.
Henrietta could have bitten her tongue for laying her open to the censure implied in his muteness.
After a long while I turned around in the muteness of my despair.
All the ugliness of existence had passed her by, shrined in her double solitude of upbringing and muteness.
He was silent; and his muteness spoke the foreboding and dread with which he faced another bitter night in the pines.
By these last words Edward Henry was confounded, even to muteness.
The question was so sudden that Guest was stunned into muteness, but the admiral stepped forward fiercely.
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.