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Related to dumbly: irresolutely, pointedly, stupidly
See: fatuous, mute, speechless, taciturn

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 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
But what is truly surprising is how the authorities dumbly oblige the traffickers by being fearsome.
In even the most innocent cases of double-booking there is usually a fair bit of 'give us a couple of minutes' embarrassment while the incumbents sit dumbly in front of their folders.
When the suit crinkled like a cold plastic tarp, the bucks bolted, leaving me and my decoy staring dumbly at each other.
What would you say if a research company called you and asked, "Do you do research before giving your money away, or do you just dumbly write out checks to unknown charities?" Maybe this is why survey responders tend to define themselves as well educated, high-income patrons of literature and art.
The land where other people land When late at night They think on flight And, flying, here arrive Where we fools dumbly thrive ourselves.
, the one I knew might unlock with touch--who would let me stand dumbly
I memorized/their curves, rolls, shadows, and even their names./I feared the possibility of parental footfalls, so I stood/there dumbly, numb like Adam did that day/he realized that he was naked but so was Eve - /that moment when shame first mated desire.
The tableau of a group of zombies feasting dumbly on human flesh, a sine qua non of any example of the genre, is the culminating, festival moment of disgust.
I dumbly had the audacity to ask this God to direct that story.
CEOs have really abused it as a tool, and the media at the top level just plays along dumbly."