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quietude

[kwahy-i-tood, -tyood]
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noun
  1. the state of being quiet; tranquillity; calmness; stillness; quiet.
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Origin of quietude

1590–1600; < Late Latin quiētudō, derivative of Latin quiētus quiet2; see -tude
Can be confusedquietness quietude
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Examples from the Web for quietude

Historical Examples

  • Before him was smiling country, streaming with sunshine, lazy with quietude.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He felt a vacancy in him, a need for the hush and quietude of the stream and the cave in the cliff.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • From the night of the 8th to the morning of the 11th there was an interval of quietude.

  • She improved in the quietude and restfulness of that beloved place.

  • And this time, following the hush, it seemed to exercise the devil of quietude.


British Dictionary definitions for quietude

quietude

noun
  1. the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil
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Word Origin and History for quietude

n.

1590s, from Middle French quiétude (c.1500) or directly from Late Latin quietudo, from Latin quietus (see quiet (n.)).

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