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blindness

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From Middle English blindnes, from Old English blindnysse; morphologically as if blind +‎ -ness.

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blindness (usually uncountable, plural blindnesses)

  1. The condition of being blind; unable to see.
  2. (figuratively) Want of intellectual or moral discernment; mental darkness; ignorance, heedlessness.
    • 1976, Frank Herbert, Children of Dune
      A tormenting hunger shuddered through her and she wished she could put aside the power. Oh, to be as others were — blind in that safest of all blindnesses, living only the hypnoidal half-life into which birth-shock precipitated most humans.
  3. (obsolete) concealment

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