deafmutism

deaf-mute

[def-myoot] Offensive.
adjective
1.
unable to hear and speak.
noun
2.
a person who is unable to hear and speak, especially one in whom inability to speak is due to congenital or early deafness.

Origin:
1830–40; translation of French sourd-muet

deaf-muteness, deaf-mutism, noun


See dumb.
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deaf-mute
 
n
1.  mute See also mutism a person who is unable to hear or speak
 
adj
2.  unable to hear or speak
 
[C19: translation of French sourd-muet]
 
usage  Using this word to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive, and should be avoided. The phrase profoundly deaf is a suitable alternative in many contexts
 
'deaf-muteness
 
n
 
'deaf-mutism
 
n

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deaf-mute (děf'myōōt')
n.
A person who can neither hear nor speak. No longer in technical use. adj. (děf-myōōt')
Unable to speak or hear.

deafmutism deaf·mut·ism (děf'myōō'tĭz'əm)
n.
Inability to hear and speak. No longer in technical use.

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