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quietus

[ kwahy-ee-tuhs ]

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.


quietus

/ -ˈeɪtəs; kwaɪˈiːtəs /

noun

  1. anything that serves to quash, eliminate, or kill

    to 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 History and Origins

Origin of quietus1

1530–40; < Medieval Latin quiētus quit (in quiētus est (he) is quit, a formula of acquittance), Latin: (he) is quiet, at rest ( quiet ); quit 1 (adj.)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of quietus1

C16: from Latin quiētus est, literally: he is at rest, quiet
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Example Sentences

The briefest glance at David's productivity and output during his tenure there ought to put the quietus on that canard.

No ranchman or hunter would hesitate a moment, under the circumstances, to give him his eternal quietus.

His classical purpose was very satisfactory to my views—forming a permanent quietus to my imaginary forebodings.

The Saints took advantage of the quietus, purchased a horse-mill and soon had it in operation, and released the family graters.

A fortunate occurrence that happened at this time gave its quietus to the unpopular horse-breaking speculation.

There is no one to say me nay, or to hold my hand back from giving myself the final quietus.

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