a deafening silence

a serious failure to say or do something in reaction to a request or action

All their appeals for help met with a deafening silence.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • deafening — [[t]de̱fənɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A deafening noise is a very loud noise. ...the deafening roar of fighter jets taking off. 2) ADJ (emphasis) If you say there was a deafening silence, you are emphasizing that there was no reaction or response to… …   English dictionary

  • deafening — deaf|en|ing [ˈdefənıŋ] adj 1.) very loud ▪ a deafening roar 2.) deafening silence a complete silence, when it is uncomfortable or you are expecting someone to say something …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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