• WordNet 3.6
    • n speechlessness the property of being speechless
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n speechlessness The state of being speechless; muteness.
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  • James Baldwin
    “Experience is a private, and a very largely speechless affair.”


In literature:

For a moment I stood there, confronting him in speechless excitement.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
You know, my dear Miss Rothesay, that your father was speechless from the moment of his seizure.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Molly is regarding her speechlessly.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Rachel, during his speechlessness, looked at him unbelievingly.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
And he was speechless.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Their eyes fill with tears, and they become speechless as they speak of what they call 'ingratitude.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Pausing at the close, he raised his arm ritually towards the trees and rested thus a moment speechless.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
There was a pained expression in his eyes, and he was speechless.
"Clara Maynard" by W.H.G. Kingston
He appeared unable to reply; surprise and fright held him spell-bound and speechless!
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Her very audacity left him speechless.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart

In poetry:

When the amazed disciples heard,
Their hearts with speechless joy were stirred;
Their Lord's beloved face to see,
Eager they haste to Galilee.
"The Morning Kindles All the Sky" by Augusta Treverorum
O Mary! one who bore thy name,
Whose Friend and Master was divine,
Sat waiting silent till He came,
Bowed down in speechless grief like thine.
"In Memory Of Charles Wentworth Upham, Jr." by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And many a mourner o'er thy bed,
In pale, and speechless anguish hung;
And burning tears above thee shed,
From agony's deep source were wrung.
"On the Death of Major Whitefoord, December 15th 1825" by Eliza Acton
Nipt wi' cauld! -- wi' hunger fainting!
Baith lie speechless on the lea!
'Help!' quo' Jeanie, loud lamenting,
'Help my lammies! or they'll die!'
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Unconquered captive!--close thine eye,
And draw the ashen sackcloth o'er,
And in thy speechless woe deplore
The fate that would not let thee die!
"Virginia Capta" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Tis the tornado's ruthless blast;
The mother stunn'd, the babe it bears
Far from her senseless frame! aghast
The maid, in speechless horror glares!
"The Swan" by William Hayley

In news:

I wonder how often megastars are left speechless.
There are very few moments where you will find the staff of WGRD speechless.
Bill Curry said he was speechless for about 20 seconds when first asked if he wanted to be Georgia State's first football coach.
It's the rare politician who harbors the ability to leave me speechless with astonishment.
Maybe even longer, if you count pioneer vamp Theda Bara's effect on a long succession of speechless men.
In fact, I was rendered speechless.
COLUMBIA — Wayne Brekhus, a man ordinarily of many words, was speechless.
Lulay speechless due to cold.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the first five minutes of the third-season premiere of "The Walking Dead," former sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes and his battered and beaten band of zombie apocalypse survivors remain completely speechless.
Others use pictures to render us speechless.
Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent (7) Citizen of the Year award winner Tarik Ayasun says that, for almost the first time, he is speechless.
Mandy Patinkin leaves Stephen Colbert speechless.
Burnett speechless after Cash's moment of silence.
Alicia Keys, Eve Team Up For ' Speechless ' Track.
Bullying victim left speechless by the death of Vancouver-area teen.