usage: make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message"
2. girdle, deaden, incise
usage: cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients; "girdle the plant"
3. deaden, change, alter, modify
usage: make vapid or deprive of spirit; "deadened wine"
4. deaden, retard
usage: lessen the momentum or velocity of; "deaden a ship's headway"
5. deaden, change
usage: become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor
6. deaden, blunt, change, alter, modify
usage: make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound"
7. deaden, convert
usage: convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil
1. dead, deadened, insensitive (vs. sensitive)
usage: devoid of physical sensation; numb; "his gums were dead from the novocain"; "she felt no discomfort as the dentist drilled her deadened tooth"; "a public desensitized by continuous television coverage of atrocities"
2. deadened, dull (vs. sharp)
usage: made or become less intense; "the deadened pangs of hunger"