1. deafness

noun. ['ˈdɛfnəs'] partial or complete loss of hearing.


  • hearing disorder
  • tin ear
  • deaf-mutism
  • tone deafness
  • deaf-muteness
  • hearing loss


  • sensitiveness


  • -ness (English)
  • deaf (English)
  • deaf (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Deafness

  • abruptness
  • absoluteness
  • acuteness
  • adonis
  • aggressiveness
  • agribusiness
  • airworthiness
  • alertness
  • aloofness
  • alumnus
  • anise
  • anus
  • appropriateness
  • arbitrariness
  • assertiveness
  • astuteness
  • attentiveness
  • attractiveness
  • awareness
  • awfulness

Sentences with deafness

1. Noun, singular or mass
Cats with the dominant white or white spotting gene may suffer from genetic deafness.

2. Verb, base form
Dalmatians are genetically prone to deafness.

Quotes about deafness

1. I hope that through my example, such as my role on 'The West Wing,' I can help change attitudes on deafness and prove we can really do everything... except hear.
- Marlee Matlin

2. The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind.
- Marlee Matlin

3. Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.
- Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting