[ ded-n-ing ]
See synonyms for: deadeningdeadenings on

  1. a device or material employed to deaden or render dull.

  2. a device or material preventing the transmission of sound.

  1. a woodland in which the trees are killed by girdling prior to being cleared.

Origin of deadening

First recorded in 1775–85; deaden + -ing1

Words Nearby deadening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deadening in a sentence

  • Missionaries in foreign-mission lands speak much of the peculiar, deadening, moral atmosphere there.

  • Nothing is more deadening and more commonplace than this peculiar form of wit, when it becomes a habit or offers itself in a mass.

    Literature in the Elementary School | Porter Lander MacClintock
  • Night and the March moon awake the winter-dormant wilderness from the white man's deadening spell.

    The Firing Line | Robert W. Chambers