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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine);
[syn: stultification, constipation, impairment, deadening]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;
- Example: "a boring evening with uninteresting people"
- Example: "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"
- Example: "a dull play"
- Example: "his competent but dull performance"
- Example: "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"
- Example: "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke
- Example: "tedious days on the train"
- Example: "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain
- Example: "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
[syn: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

deadening \dead"en*ing\ adj. [p. pr. of verb deaden[3].] Rendering less lively, intense, or vigorous; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks. [WordNet 1.5] 2. So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; as, the deadening effect of some routine tasks. Syn: boring, dreary, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome. [WordNet 1.5]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Deaden \Dead"en\ (d[e^]d"'n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deadened (d[e^]d"'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Deadening.] [From Dead; cf. AS. d?dan to kill, put to death. See Dead, a.] 1. To make as dead; to impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; to lessen the force or acuteness of; to blunt; as, to deaden the natural powers or feelings; to deaden a sound. [1913 Webster] As harper lays his open palm Upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. To lessen the velocity or momentum of; to retard; as, to deaden a ship's headway. [1913 Webster] 3. To make vapid or spiritless; as, to deaden wine. [1913 Webster] 4. To deprive of gloss or brilliancy; to obscure; as, to deaden gilding by a coat of size. [1913 Webster] 5. To render impervious to sound, as a wall or floor; to deafen. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

deadening \dead"en*ing\ n. The act of making something futile and useless (as by routine). Syn: stultification, impairment. [WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

deadening adj 1: so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome" [syn: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome] n 1: the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine) [syn: stultification, constipation, impairment, deadening]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

98 Moby Thesaurus words for "deadening": abatement, abating, allaying, allayment, alleviating, alleviation, alleviative, analgesia, analgesic, anesthesia, anesthetic, anesthetizing, anodyne, appeasement, assuagement, assuaging, assuasive, attenuation, attrition, balmy, balsamic, benumbing, blunting, calming, cathartic, chastening, cleansing, cushioning, dampening, damping, debilitation, demulcent, demulsion, devitalization, dilution, diminishing, diminishment, diminution, dulcification, dulling, ease, easement, easing, effemination, emollient, enervation, enfeeblement, evisceration, exhaustion, extenuation, falling-off, fatigue, hushing, inanition, languishment, leniency, lenitive, lessening, letdown, letup, lightening, loosening, lulling, mitigating, mitigation, mitigative, modulation, mollification, narcotic, numbing, pacification, pain-killing, palliation, palliative, purgative, quietening, quieting, reducing, reduction, relaxation, relaxing, relief, relieving, remedial, remedy, remission, salving, slackening, softening, soothing, stunning, stupefying, subduement, subduing, tempering, thinning, tranquilization, weakening