- n the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
- v make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
- v cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients
- v make vapid or deprive of spirit
- v lessen the momentum or velocity of
- v become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor
- v make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
- v convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil
- s so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
the deadening effect of some routine tasks
- But for a long time the iconic Canto-pop star saw his job in the same way most of us see ours: as a soul-deadening grind.
- There is a distrust of the future, a questioning of what is passed off as progress that can be spiritually deadening, even though it may be tactically astute.
- Buildings that wall themselves in are deadening the life of cities Blank Wall is on its way to becoming the dominant feature of many United States downtowns," complains.
- Michelle Malkin in San Diego Union Tribune
Pointing out that the rapper Mims uses "ho" and worse epithets in his chart-topping song "This Is Why I'm Hot," columnist Michelle Malkin asked: "What kind of relief do we get from this deadening, coarsening, dehumanizing barrage?"
- David Niven in Times Online
Niven recalled: "I had some bizarre illness. I had to have sex. I think it was my only way of deadening the pain. That and getting drunk, but I preferred sex." "It was a dying man's confession."
- Jawaharlal Nehru in New Scientist (subscription)
IN 1960 Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, wrote: "It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty, of insanitation and illiteracy, of superstition and deadening custom and tradition, of vast...