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silence

[sahy-luh ns] /ˈsaɪ ləns/
noun
1.
absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
2.
the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
3.
absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern:
the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
4.
the state of being forgotten; oblivion:
in the news again after years of silence.
5.
concealment; secrecy.
verb (used with object), silenced, silencing.
6.
to put or bring to silence; still.
7.
to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest; quiet.
8.
Military. to still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.
interjection
9.
be silent! “Silence!” the teacher shouted.
Origin of silence
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (noun) < Old French < Latin silentium. See silent, -ence
Related forms
oversilence, noun
unsilenced, adjective
Synonyms
6. hush, quell, muzzle, gag.
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  • He did not even say that those who upheld what he calls 'tenets of Popery' were to be silenced.

    Oliver Cromwell Samuel Rawson Gardiner
  • The noise and confusion of Sunday and all ordinary days were silenced.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • It was soon clear that opinion had been embittered rather than silenced by the blow at Wilkes.

  • It follows that judgments are precluded and criticism is silenced.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • She had not repelled him; she had not silenced him entirely; she had not listened to him and then answered him with scorn.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
British Dictionary definitions for silenced

silenced

/ˈsaɪlənst/
adjective
1.
(of a clergyman) forbidden to preach or perform his clerical functions: a silenced priest

silence

/ˈsaɪləns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being silent
2.
the absence of sound or noise; stillness
3.
refusal or failure to speak, communicate, etc, when expected: his silence on the subject of their promotion was alarming
4.
a period of time without noise
5.
oblivion or obscurity
verb (transitive)
6.
to bring to silence
7.
to put a stop to; extinguish: to silence all complaint
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin silēntium, from silēre to be quiet. See silent
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Word Origin and History for silenced

silence

n.

c.1200, "muteness, state of being silent," from Old French silence "state of being silent; absence of sound," from Latin silentium "a being silent," from silens, present participle of silere "be quiet or still," of unknown origin. Meaning "absence of sound" in English is from late 14c.

v.

1560s, intransitive, "become still or silent;" 1590s, transitive, "make silent," from silence (n.). Related: Silenced; silencing.

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