Word-blindness

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Word-blindness loss of ability to read
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “A gift blinds the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.”
  • Ralph Ellison
    Ralph Ellison
    “If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. word; Goth. waurd, Ice. orth, Ger. wort; also conn. with L. verbum, a word, Gr. eirein, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

In other words Mr. Gladstone was threatened with total blindness.
"The Grand Old Man" by Richard B. Cook
What were thy glowing words but lures Thy victim's eyes to blind?
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
Speak the word; a nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
The word means "blindness of heart," or Romanism.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
McTurpin's look of blind astonishment at Windham's words was succeeded by a whitehot fury.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
But the Roman aristocracy was too blind to comprehend these words of wisdom.
"Public Lands and Agrarian Laws of the Roman Republic" by Andrew Stephenson
Being blind of one eye, she was called, War-re-weer Wo-gul Mi, the latter words signifying one eye.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 2" by David Collins
And ere the swear-words had escaped from his lips, there came a blinding flash of lightning, and the man fell all in a heap like a sack of oats.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
You may take that as a word to the wise, or as a kicked-in hint to a blind mule; whichever you please.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
Their last words might have been but a blind to draw him from his concealment.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

Farewell! that word has broken hearts
And blinded eyes with tears;
Farewell! one stays, and one departs;
Between them roll the years.
"Parting" by Abram Joseph Ryan
"He makes the blind to see! Oh, God of Hosts,
Beyond the sky called blue,
What if Messiah cometh to His own!
What if the words be true!"
"The Miracle" by Virna Sheard
You never can tell when you send a word,
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
Just where it may chance to go!
"You Never Can Tell " by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
She. When maids have a mind to,
Man's word they rely on,
Old warning are blind to—
I come, then—I come
To walk with Arion
Where green woods are dumb!
"Two Duets" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
"I cannot see the prospect, I am blind."
Never did tongue of child utter a sound
So mournful, as her words fell on my ear.
Her mother then related how she found
"Blindness" by Charles Lamb
And thou didst promise—promise kindly—
And I believed—believed thee blindly—
Oh! the recording angels heard—:
How couldst thou—couldst thou break thy word?
"Percy Vere, The Peer's Story - Part I - My Home" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Given their unique circumstances, "blind" is a most descriptive word.
Blinded By Science Three Words That Could Overthrow Physics: "What Is Magnetism.".
Immersive and challenging are two words I'd use to describe Fresno State's production of " Sty of the Blind Pig".
Braille dot pattern for "BS" (hint 1st word is bull) The shirts are called Blind-Obsceniteez from Braille-Swear.com.
PARIS – Researchers said they are developing a sonar vision system that enables the congenitally blind to perceive the shape of a face, a house, even words and letters.
When we heard the words "family band" and "mother-daughter duo" on 'The Voice' tonight, we weren't sure what to expect from 2Steel Girl's blind audition.
There, he and the white Southwestern light write songs together, and while the preferred weasel word for his kind of guitar-playing is "shimmering," with Rendon it's simply blinding.
Record Store Day weekend with the Sights , the Blind Eyes, LucaBrasi, Safety Words and more, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17.
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In science:

In other words, the SUSY breaking parameters are assumed to be real and flavor blind.
Status of Constraints on Supersymmetry
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