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Deadening

Installing materials in a building that will inhibit the transfer of sound waves through the use of insulation and other construction techniques, such as discontinuous construction of walls and floors.

damping material

A viscous material applied to a vibrating surface, such as a metal panel, to reduce the noise which it radiates.
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I was repelled by the deadeningly repetitive and abusive language the black characters -- including the women -- direct at each other; it's an exaggeration but part of its rationale is to reveal the pathologically low self-image these young people possess.
But the movie is deadeningly dull, mired in convoluted melodrama, nonsensical jargon and stiff-upper-lip laboriousness.
These hermeneutical puzzles could easily be deadeningly academic.