The deaths of Lewis and Huxley were mute, private events, only reported in The Times three days later.
Or have House Speaker John Boehner introduce a bill to outlaw adverbs in this campaign, thus rendering Newt mute.
Then, to mute that notion, the insider accounts offered up the transparent spin that he had made his decision a week ago.
late 14c., mewet "silent," from Old French muet "dumb, mute" (12c.), diminutive of mut, mo, from Latin mutus "silent, speechless, dumb," probably from imitative base *meue- (cf. Sanskrit mukah "dumb," Greek myein "to be shut," of the mouth). Form assimilated in 16c. to Latin mutus.
1570s, "stage actor in a dumb show;" 1610s as "person who does not speak," from mute (adj.). Musical sense first recorded 1811 of stringed instruments, 1841, of horns.
Unable or unwilling to speak. n.
One who does not have the faculty of speech. No longer in technical use, considered offensive.