Obamacare is not just a dumb law but a deeply offensive one (on this at least, the American people have my back).
What people are really afraid of is something that has its own vocabulary and idiom because it strikes them dumb.
It is clear that a mayor who is not putting all their eggs in “smart” is too dumb to be elected.
Unfortunately, this joke may be too dumb to withstand closer scrutiny.
Yet it's also true that every day, people in Europe are denied work by dumb laws that prevent willing customers from hiring them.
Razumov tried hard to understand the reason of this dumb show.
The holy possession lasted but a minute or so, and left her dumb.
I inclose it, and have marked with red ink the passage which struck me dumb.
I don't care whether you're deef or dumb, or whether you're nummer'n a beetle!
She turned away from her husband with a soft superiority of innocence and true feeling which struck him dumb.
Old English dumb "silent, unable to speak," from PIE *dheubh- "confusion, stupefaction, dizziness," from root *dheu- (1) "dust, mist, vapor, smoke," and related notions of "defective perception or wits."
The Old English, Old Saxon (dumb), Gothic (dumbs), and Old Norse (dumbr) forms of the word meant only "mute, speechless;" in Old High German (thumb) it meant both this and "stupid," and in Modern German this latter became the only sense. Meaning "foolish, ignorant" was occasionally in Middle English, but modern use (1823) comes from influence of German dumm. Related: dumber; dumbest.
Applied to silent contrivances, hence dumbwaiter. As a verb, in late Old English, "to become mute;" c.1600, "to make mute." To dumb (something) down is from 1933.
from natural infirmity (Ex. 4:11); not knowing what to say (Prov. 31:8); unwillingness to speak (Ps. 39:9; Lev. 10:3). Christ repeatedly restored the dumb (Matt. 9:32, 33; Luke 11:14; Matt. 12:22) to the use of speech.