- 1. stultification, constipation, impairment, deadening, degradation, debasement
- usage: the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine)
- 1. dampen, deaden, damp, dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break
- 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
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- 1. boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, uninteresting (vs. interesting)
- usage: so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
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