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speechless

[speech-lis] /ˈspitʃ lɪs/
adjective
1.
temporarily deprived of speech by strong emotion, physical weakness, exhaustion, etc.:
speechless with alarm.
2.
characterized by absence or loss of speech:
speechless joy.
3.
lacking the faculty of speech; dumb.
4.
not expressed in speech or words:
speechless compliments.
5.
refraining from speech.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English specheles, Old English spǣclēas. See speech, -less
Related forms
speechlessly, adverb
speechlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. dumfounded, shocked, mute. 3. silent, mute.
Antonyms
1–3. loquacious, voluble, talkative.
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British Dictionary definitions for speechlessly

speechless

/ˈspiːtʃlɪs/
adjective
1.
not able to speak
2.
temporarily deprived of speech
3.
not expressed or able to be expressed in words speechless fear
Derived Forms
speechlessly, adverb
speechlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for speechlessly

speechless

adj.

Old English spæcleas "permanently mute;" see speech + -less. Meaning "mute by effect of astonishment" is from late 14c. Related: Speechlessly; speechlessness.

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