strike dumb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v strike dumb render speechless, as by surprising or shocking "we were struck dumb by the candidate's announcement"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Strike dumb to silence with astonishment
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Quotations

  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
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    “He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dumb; Ger. dumm, stupid, Dut. dom.

Usage

In literature:

It is great; to us it is tragic; a thing that should strike us dumb!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
Are they not enough to strike us dumb?
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
Little or nothing; for indeed it is a matter to strike one dumb.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
Nothing comes out clear into the open, unspeakable and inexplicable, and strikes us dumb!
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
Amazement at sight of him strikes Telramund dumb.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
When Christianity entered Rome in the person of the Apostle Paul, did the tyrant of the Palatine strike her dumb?
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
To consider the subject under this point of view is enough to strike one dumb with amazement.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Your subiects hearts, against your life are steeld: Her tongue is musick, that strikes wonder dumbe.
"Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)" by Dunstan Gale
Only then did it strike Phil Ralston that the lad was dumb, as well as half-witted.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Had he not suffered them, in a dumb way, finding no force within himself to strike them off?
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
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In poetry:

"Oh, what's the roaring in our ears
That strikes us well-nigh dumb?"
"Oh, that is just how things appears
According as they come."
"The Ballad of Minepit Shaw" by Rudyard Kipling
For doubt will come, will ever come,
Though signs be perfect good,
Till heart to heart strike doubting dumb,
And both are understood.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Lest I should knock against the bars, and, bleeding,
Cry to him, faithless–"Come!"
The while he passes by, my grief unheeding,
I pray thee strike me dumb.
"After" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Mar. And is your pride Virago still so high?
That it doth over-top your misery.
Cann't sorrow strike thee dumbe, can no disaster,
The liberty of thy tongue over-master.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act II" by Ralph Knevet

In news:

I am speaking here under the rubric "Technique and Interpretation in the Performing Arts," and if there were ever a title dreamed up to strike me dumb, this one verges on inspiration.
The most striking thing about "Red Dawn" is not that it's dumb, but that it's unnecessary.
Since the late 1990s, experts — real and imagined — have warned of a human-capital nightmare that would strike Uncle Sam dumb.
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