One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘surgeons used ether to deaden the pain’
numb, stifle, dull, blunt, suppress
alleviate, mitigate, moderate, weaken, diminish, reduce, decrease, lessen, palliate, abate, ease, soothe, relieve, assuage, subdue, take the edge off, get rid of, put an end to
2‘the wood panelling deadened any noise from outside’
muffle, mute, smother, stifle, dull, damp, damp down, tone down, hush, silence, quieten, soften, cushion, blanket, buffer, absorb
3‘laughing at the joke might deaden us to the moral issue’
desensitize, render insensitive, make insensitive, numb, benumb, anaesthetize
harden, toughen, harden someone's heart
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