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deaf-mute

 [def´mūt″]
old term for a person unable to hear or speak; now considered offensive.

deaf-mute

also

deaf mute

(dĕf′myo͞ot′)Offensive
n.
A person who can neither hear nor speak.
adj.
Being deaf and unable to speak. See Usage Note at mute.

deaf-mute

A person who is unable to hear or speak. See http://www.nad.org/infocenter/infotogo/dcc/terms.html. According to the National Association for the Deaf, this term is offensive.
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Or are they the muffled roaring of deafmutes trapped in a building that is slowly filling with smoke?
"Taking into consideration the difficulties that are presented to the teacher in instructing adult deafmutes and the chances against these children ever having the advantages of an education," he wrote, "I respectfully recommend that an appropriation be made to defray the railroad expenses and if need be the clothing expenses of indigent and orphan children." (57) McDermid and the Ministry of Public Works were contending with a new, perhaps unexpected, expense of residential schools--the transportation costs of students to travel to a metropolitan centre to reside in and attend school.
I devoted myself to teaching deafmutes the system of 'visible speech', but am best remembered for patenting the telephone in 1876
Their handicap was regarded as a visible sign of heaven's favour.' In Plato's Cratylus, Socrates says: 'If we had neither voice nor tongue, and yet wished to manifest things to one another, should we not, like those who are at present mute, endeavour to signify our meaning by the hands.' Berthier also noted that Ottoman sultans kept deafmutes as servants.
Deafmutes who speak with their fingers behave covertly with their fingers, and the movements may be suitably amplified" (p.