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DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND. A man born deaf, dumb, and blind, is considered an idiot. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 304; F. N. B. 233; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2111.

DUMB. One who cannot speak; a person who is mute. See Deaf and dumb, Deaf, dumb, and blind; Mute, standing mute.

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Anyone who has any lingering doubts whether A-levels have been dumbed down or not should compare a recent maths or physics paper with one from, say, the 1970s.
I've been a subscriber since 1945, and find no aspect of the magazine that I consider to have been dumbed down.
This pre-eminence as a writer, or more specifically compiler, rather than practitioner, is duly confirmed by his own building endeavours which were few in number and quickly dumbed down from the Czech-inspired white cuboids of Torilla and Shangri-La into a workaday bricky pragmatism of quite stunning banality, with flat roofs that began leaking soon after completion.
Is it the candidates who have dumbed down their appeals or are they simply acknowledging that the public has a limited vocabulary?
It is striking that many of these sculptures were made during the heyday of Minimalism, when geometric abstraction was dumbed down into simplistic gestalts in turn mystified by theory into supposedly profound meaning.
They don't need things dumbed down by even dumber presenters.
HIGHBROW TV quiz Mastermind has been dumbed down in a bid to boost ratings, claims one of its ex-champs.
We have switched because we think the content has been dumbed down so much it is not going to do our kids justice.
Once again the education system is going to be dumbed down instead of having the bar raised because too many kids aren't making the grade.
The row followed a report two weeks ago from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority which found many teachers believed the new maths A-Level had also been dumbed down.