581. Aphony.

581. Aphony.NOUN. aphony, aphonia; dumbness &c. adj.; obmutescence; absence of voice, want of voice; dysphony; cacoepy; silence &c. (taciturnity) 585; raucity; harsh voice &c. 410, unmusical voice &c. 414; falsetto, “childish treble”; mute; dummy.

VERB. keep silence &c. 585; speak low, speak softly; whisper &c. (faintness) 405.

silence; render mute, render silent; muzzle, muffle, suppress, smother, gag, strike dumb, dumfounder; drown the voice, put to silence, stop one’s mouth, cut one short.

stick in the throat.

ADJ. aphonous, dumb, mute; deafmute, deaf and dumb; mum; tongue-tied; breathless, tongueless, voiceless, speechless, wordless; mute as a fish, mute as a stockfish, mute as a mackerel; silent &c. (taciturn) 585; muzzled; inarticulate, inaudible.

croaking, raucous, hoarse, husky, dry, hollow, sepulchral, hoarse as a raven; rough.

ADV. with bated breath, with the finger on the lips; sotto voce [Lat.]; in a low tone, in a cracked voice, in a broken voice.

PHR. Vox faucibus hæsit. [Lat.] {Virgil—Æneid. II. 774. (See full context below). }.

Obstupui, steteruntque comæ, et vox faucibus hæsit. [Lat.] {Virgil—Æneid. II. 774 and III. 48. “I was astounded, my hair stood on end, and my voice stuck in my throat.” or “I stood appalled, my hair erect, / And fear my tongue-tied utterance checked.” (Conington). }.

“And Art made tongue-tied by Authority.” {Shakespeare—Sonnet LXVI.}.

“For she had a tongue with a tang.” {Shakespeare—The Tempest. Act II. Sc. 2.}.

“The harp that once through Tara’s halls / The soul of music shed, / Now hangs as mute on Tara’s walls / As if that soul were fled.” {Thomas Moore—Irish Melodies. The Harp that one.}.

“So near to mute the zephyrs flute / That only leaflets dance.” {George Meredith—Outer and Inner. St. 1.}.

“Mute and magnificent without a tear.” {John Dryden—Threnodia Augustalis. St. 2.}.

“Harsh words, though pertinent, uncouth appear; / None please the fancy, who offend the ear.” {Sir Samuel Garth—The Dispensary. Canto IV. L. 204.}.

“A daw’s not reckoned as a religious bird / Because it keeps a-cawing from a steeple.” {Thomas Hood—Ode to Rae Wilson.}.

“He [Grenville] was the raven of the House of Commons, always croaking defeat in the midst of triumphs.” {Thomas Babington Macaulay—Critical and Historical Essays. The Earl of Chatham. (October, 1844). }.

“I a’n’t dead, but I’m speechless.” {Tobias George Smollet—The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom. Ch. 42.}.

“Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” {Martin Farquhar Tupper—Of Good in Things Evil. Of Discretion.}.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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