Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun deadening

1 sense of deadening

Sense 1
stultification, constipation, impairment, deadening -- (the act of making something futile and useless (as by routine))
       => degradation, debasement -- (changing to a lower state (a less respected state))

Antonyms of verb deaden

1 of 7 senses of deaden

Sense 6
deaden, blunt -- (make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound")
       Antonym of enliven (Sense 2)
      => enliven, liven, liven up, invigorate, animate -- (make lively; "let's liven up this room a bit")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb deaden

7 senses of deaden

Sense 1
dampen, deaden, damp -- (make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible; "muffle the message")
       => dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break -- (lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall")

Sense 2
girdle, deaden -- (cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients; "girdle the plant")
       => incise -- (make an incision into by carving or cutting)

Sense 3
deaden -- (make vapid or deprive of spirit; "deadened wine")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 4
deaden -- (lessen the momentum or velocity of; "deaden a ship's headway")
       => retard -- (cause to move more slowly or operate at a slower rate; "This drug will retard your heart rate")

Sense 5
deaden -- (become lifeless, less lively, intense, or active; lose life, force, or vigor)
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Sense 6
deaden, blunt -- (make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 7
deaden -- (convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil)
       => convert -- (change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers")

Antonyms of adj deadening

1 sense of deadening

Sense 1
boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA uninteresting) -> interesting -- (arousing or holding the attention)

Similarity of adj deadening

1 sense of deadening

Sense 1
boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome -- (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")
       => uninteresting (vs. interesting) -- (arousing no interest or attention or curiosity or excitement; "a very uninteresting account of her trip")

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