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[kwahy-ee-tuh s]
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noun, plural qui·e·tus·es.
  1. a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles: Having given a quietus to the argument, she left.
  2. discharge or release from life.
  3. a period of retirement or inactivity.
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Origin of quietus

1530–40; < Medieval Latin quiētus quit (in quiētus est (he) is quit, a formula of acquittance), Latin: (he) is quiet, at rest (see quiet1); cf. quit1 (adj.)
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clincher, overthrow, overcoming

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British Dictionary definitions for quietus


noun plural -tuses
  1. anything that serves to quash, eliminate, or killto give the quietus to a rumour
  2. a release from life; death
  3. the discharge or settlement of debts, duties, etc
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Word Origin for quietus

C16: from Latin quiētus est, literally: he is at rest, quiet
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Word Origin and History for quietus


"discharge, clearing of accounts," 1530s, short for Medieval Latin phrase quietus est "he is quit" (see quit). Hence, "death" (i.e. "final discharge"), c.1600. Latin quies also was used for "the peace of death."

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