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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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Asked whether University Challenge had dumbed down, quizmaster Jeremy Paxman said last year: "No, but the questions have got a lot easier on Mastermind.
He said courses had been dumbed down to attract more students and warned standards were being lowered.
But, say the anti-traditionalists, such standards aren't necessarily dumbed down.
But since so much about ``Kingdom of Heaven'' got dumbed down, defending its more complex positions is going to be difficult.
Universities and students yesterday reacted with anger to claims by Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy that degree courses have been dumbed down to attract more students and the money they bring in.
I AM disgusted by the way critics are saying A-level exams are getting easier and being dumbed down.
Mossimo's brand has been significantly dumbed down over the last several years.
The state's high school exit exam, which was supposed to ensure that graduates were at least literate and had some rudimentary academic skills, has been repeatedly postponed and dumbed down.