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- The state of not being alive. Having the property of lifelessness, as if dead.
- 1840, John Wesley, The Works of the Reverend John Wesley, A.M, page 334:
- O may it be my constant care to watch and pray; the neglect of which was the chief cause of my former deadness.
- A lack of elasticity.
- He complained that the deadness of the balls affected his game.
- A lack of sparkle in a fizzy drink.
- The deadness of the champagne made it undrinkable.
- A lack of animation in a person.
- The deadness of his expression told everything, without him having to speak.