What does the word deafness mean?

Usage examples for deafness

  1. Hemingway's deafness prevented him from hearing the bell ring, but as he had been deaf for 20 years, he attributed no importance to the silence. – Something Else Again by Franklin P. Adams
  2. Complete and permanent deafness results. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  3. " M- m- mon- sieur le p- p- president, you said t- t- that b- b- bankruptcy-" The stutter which for years the old miser had assumed when it suited him, and which, together with the deafness of which he sometimes complained in rainy weather, was thought in Saumur to be a natural defect, became at this crisis so wearisome to the two Cruchots that while they listened they unconsciously made faces and moved their lips, as if pronouncing the words over which he was hesitating and stuttering at will. – Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac

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