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dumb

[AS.]
Lacking the power or faculty to speak; mute.

dumb

mute. Commonly said of animals generally but their capacity for vocal communication makes it necessary on occasion to mute the mute. See devocalization.
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In part, it is the speed of Britain's dumbing down, now that cultural ideas can be spread and adapted in an instant, which has been bewildering, but the nature of it, also, has had its effect.
SAY what you like about Big Brother - it's voyeurism, TV dumbing down at its worst, a sick social experiment - there can be no doubt it is compelling viewing.
Not so much dumbing down as dumbing down to a derelict dunny in the Australian outback.
It is a kind of dumbing down, in a way, because it's taking our focus away from real-world issues.
Former Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali, writing in The Mail on Sunday, branded it part of the "constant dumbing down of Christian teaching" rather than making an effort to explain the meaning of baptism.
Some very intelligent younger women are dumbing down to appear hotter and cuter and putting their looks and image above their brains - the reason being because 'hot' is seen to be desirable," she added.
Mick Warwicker, head of communications at Newcastle University, said: "It's certainly not a question of Newcastle dumbing down on its exams.
People see her as an example of dumbing down and do not think she is right for the image of Radio 2.
Yet, for all the dumbing down that his image may have suffered, Gordon Brown made a telling point when faced with the question what he would do if he lost office.
DESPERATE jobseekers are dumbing down their CVs to secure jobs they're overqualified for, according to a global recruitment agency.
THE Welsh host of Mastermind has hit back at claims that the show is dumbing down.
Professor Bruce Fleming told The Washington Post regarding minority students meeting admissions standards, "First of all, we're dumbing down the Naval Academy.