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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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And could I, if in fact I am he, could I have now so thoroughly erased from my most inscrutable inner being every trace, every scar that this fraught thinking then effected in me, such that I can only stare dumbly and without recognition at the title of this or that minor treatise you mention in your letter that now sits front of me, such that I cannot even conceive of these aggregated words a general sense but instead must regard them word for word, as if these Latin words, so constellated, were only now and for the first time appearing before my eyes?
I usually take time on the ingress to study the products provided by the ground liaison officer (GLO) and to stare dumbly out the window like a cat.
They think we're at home in our caves dumbly bashing bricks into our heads like Monty Python's Gumbies, smashing abacuses in impotent frustration.
I very dumbly chugged a little bit of gasoline and then blew it into a torch and my head was on fire - that's true," the Daily Star quoted him as saying
Whoever thinks that Ramciel is a no man's land is dumbly wrong and I condemn him or her to hell.
This program explores the relationship between gambling and performing through the stories of musician Tim Freedman, comedian Ciel Stowe and performance poet Tug Dumbly.
suitors of Penelope, sit dumbly by, entranced by what they hear
Under these circumstances, once they had announced their presence, the officers were permitted to enter the home as "it would serve no purpose to require them to stand dumbly at the door awaiting a response while those within brawled on, oblivious to their presence.
and the rest of it, the lyrics dumbly repeating the line about liking cerveza over and over, liking cerveza at the seaside, liking cerveza in the mountains, liking cerveza while riding in a car, just liking cerveza, and the stubble-faced locos, the limping one and the one recently having taken to wearing the farmer's sombrero made of rough basket-woven grass, fraying, they would dance with each other, flapping their arms like chicken wings, looking at their feet in worn boots that were doing a step that didn't seem Mexican whatsoever even if it was akin to the classic hat dance, theirs was more of a jig, toothlessly shouting about Cerveza
Mildew of summer and the deepening snow Are both alike in the routine I know: I am too dumbly in my being pent.
But what is truly surprising is how the authorities dumbly oblige the traffickers by being fearsome.
Her father and his friends sat nearby crosslegged and dumbly smoking .