from The Century Dictionary.

  • Unable to understand spoken words, although the sound is heard.


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  • This doesn't usually come to full consciousness unless (for prose) the writing is particularly good, (for poetry) the writing is good but not very, very good -- or the writing is bad in a way which suggests the writer is word-deaf.

    Another Day in the Ketchup Mine

  • The minor hemisphere in addition to being unable to talk, and unable to write, and word-deaf and word-blind, was inferred by extrapolation to be typically lacking also in the higher cognitive faculties associated with language and symbolic processing.

    Roger W. Sperry - Nobel Lecture

  • Again, such cases seem to tell us that word comprehension is confined to the left hemisphere and that the spared right hemisphere must be word-deaf, as well as word-blind.

    Roger W. Sperry - Nobel Lecture

  • Those who deny the necessity, or decry the utility, of such an education, are generally deficient in a sense of what makes good literature -- they are 'word-deaf,' as others are colour-blind.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • '60s converged to support the picture of a leading, more highly evolved and intellectual left hemisphere and a relatively retarded right hemisphere that by contrast, in the typical righthander brain, is not only mute and agraphic but also dyslexic, word-deaf and apraxic, and lacking generally in higher cognitive function.

    Roger W. Sperry - Nobel Lecture

  • (8, 9, 10) on these patients seemed to show from the start that the disconnected right hemisphere was by no means word-deaf as anticipated, nor either word-blind.

    Roger W. Sperry - Nobel Lecture


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