Etymology
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deafening (adj.)

"very loud," 1590s, present-participle adjective from deafen (q.v.). Deafening silence "heavy and conspicuous silence," especially as a response to a question, is attested by 1830.

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Definitions of deafening

deafening (adj.)
loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss;
Synonyms: earsplitting / thunderous / thundery
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