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speechless

(spēch′lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking the faculty of speech.
2. Temporarily unable to speak, as through astonishment.
3. Refraining from speech; silent.

speech′less·ly adv.
speech′less·ness n.
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In previous paragraphs, mythology revealed the extent of Eliot's speechlessness, but religion only compounds his silence.
In particular, we will consider the ways in which certain practices can work to subvert the speechlessness imposed upon the refugee into a form of political voice and presence.
Abel's Blood," with its clear reference to current politics and to Vaughan's attempt to imitate Jesus in avoiding hatred and bitterness, is, with its similar linking of speechlessness and watching, also interesting: "Aye, may that flood, / That proudly spilt and despised blood, / Speechless and calm, as infants sleep
Certainly, this is a problem with many poststructuralist readings of Conrad, as is a dense, abstract style that also characterises Conradian Contracts: "Unlike in 'The End of the Tether,' visual attractions in 'Youth' facilitate no irrevocable backsliding into speechlessness, yet the pleasant visual reciprocities threaten the premature demise of both the dialogic narrative act and the progression from port to destination" (32).
Speechlessness as a trope occurs again when our explorers come across a natural valley surrounded by hills and a crystal-clear lake.
Laub, Dori 2005: 'From Speechlessness to Narrative: The Cases of Holocaust Historians and of
Most of the etymologies say something about night and we gradually realize that Michael is the night-brother who has fulfilled one of Carson's perennial temptations: he has taken the journey into what she describes as the nothingness and "silentia muta noctis / the speechlessness of night" that she sometimes treats as substantive, especially when flirting with spiritual issues.
And, after my latest visit to the Michelin-starred Simpson's, the problem was amplified for there was a succession of dishes that delighted me to the point of speechlessness.
Lord, Thou art fulness, I am emptiness: Yet hear my heart speak in its speechlessness Extolling Thine unuttered loveliness.
The boy's speechlessness defines a topography different from the muteness of the perpetrators.
Along related lines, Hay writes in her score, "I actually aspire toward a bodily speechlessness by noticing my visual field, which includes what I can and cannot see, as well as minute associative instances that rise spontaneously.
Barenboim said, he and Said wanted to "encourage conversations between Arabs and Israelis and connect people individually across the chasm of speechlessness that so often characterizes the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.