Definition for DEAF'NESS

DEAF'NESS, n. [dee'fness.]

  1. Incapacity of perceiving sounds; the state of the organs which prevents the impressions which constitute hearing; as, the deafness of the ears; hence, applied to persons, want of the sense of hearing.
  2. Unwillingness to hear and regard; voluntary rejection of what is addressed to the ear and to the understanding. King Charles.

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