One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘although I longed for details, Yasmin remained mute’
silent, speechless, dumb, unspeaking, wordless, voiceless, tongue-tied, at a loss for words, tight-lipped, close-mouthed, taciturn, uncommunicative
2‘she gazed at him in mute appeal’
wordless, silent, dumb, tacit, unspoken, inarticulate, unvoiced, unsaid, unexpressed, unuttered
3‘the church was mute and dark’
quiet, silent, noiseless, soundless, hushed
4‘he had been bullied into silence—people wondered if he was actually mute’
unable to speak
technical aphasic, aphonic
1‘the noise of the traffic was muted by the heavy curtains’
deaden, muffle, mask, dull, dampen, damp down, soften, quieten, silence
stifle, smother, suppress, lower, reduce, diminish, decrease
2‘Bruce had muted his criticisms’
restrain, soften, subdue, tone down, make less intense, moderate, temper, soft-pedal
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