[kwahy-i-tood, -tyood]
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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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  1. the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil
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Word Origin and History for quietude

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

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