(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Lack of ability to hear
1. deafness, hardness of hearing, hearing impairment, hearing loss, loss of hearing, surdity; deaf-mutism.
2. (communication with deaf) lip-reading, deaf-and-dumb alphabet, dactylology, manual alphabet, hand signals, signing; closed or open captions.
3. (deaf person) deaf-mute, lip reader, deaf-and-dumb person.
1. be deaf, go deaf, suffer hearing impairment.
2. deafen, stun, split the ears; fall on deaf ears. See loudness.
1. deaf, earless, surd; hard or dull of hearing, hearing-impaired, unhearing; deaf-mute, deaf-and-dumb; stone-deaf, deafened, deaf as a post or an adder; tone-deaf.
2. closed-captioned.
Antonyms, see hearing.

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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  • deafness — deaf ► ADJECTIVE 1) without the faculty of hearing or having impaired hearing. 2) (deaf to) unwilling to listen or respond to. ● fall on deaf ears Cf. ↑fall on deaf ears ● turn a deaf ear Cf. ↑tu …   English terms dictionary

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