dumbness dumbness

Definition(s):

  • (n) the quality of being mentally slow and limited

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. France died first of the deafness, blindness, dumbness and frivolity which are the proud hallmarks of the skeptical civilized mind.
  2. Vince doesn't read scripts even for the movie he just made but he seems savvy enough to know the utility of his dumbness.
  3. We have descended into the utter depths of dumbness.

News

  1. 'Dumbs Ways to Die' Ends With Record 5 Grand Prix, Adding Film and Integrated

    CANNES, France—In the end, the dumbness was record breaking. Visitors to the Cannes Lions festival here speculated all week about just how many Grand Prix the "Dumb Ways to Die" train-safety campaign from McCann Melbourne would pick up. Tonight, it added a Film Grand Prix and an Integrated Grand Prix, bringing its grand total to five. (It had already won in Direct, PR and Radio.) That ...
    on June 23, 2013     Source: AdWeek

  2. 4 Dumb Experiments

    An elephant on acid? A rat who can’t understand Japanese backwards? A scientist is meant to be inquisitive and investigative. But there are some experiments that toe the border between common sense and sheer dumbness.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Fox News

Quotes

  1. "The original idea of Neanderthal dumbness," says Erik Trinkaus, a paleoanthropologist at Washington University (in St. Louis, Mo.), "emerged around the turn of the last century."
    on Jan 11, 2010 By: Erik Trinkaus Source: TIME

  2. In America today, author Susan Jacoby sees a cultural landscape that is, in her words, "defining dumbness downward."
    on Feb 28, 2008 By: Susan Jacoby Source: U.S. News & World Report

  3. It may well be, Wallace writes, "that those who receive and act out the gift of athletic genius must, perforce, be blind and dumb about it-and not because blindness and dumbness are the price of the gift, but because they are its essence."
    on May 20, 2006 By: David Foster Wallace Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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