- absence of any sound or noise; stillness.
- the state or fact of being silent; muteness.
- absence or omission of mention, comment, or expressed concern: the conspicuous silence of our newspapers on local graft.
- the state of being forgotten; oblivion: in the news again after years of silence.
- concealment; secrecy.
- to put or bring to silence; still.
- to put (doubts, fears, etc.) to rest; quiet.
- Military. to still (enemy guns), as by more effective fire.
- be silent! “Silence!” the teacher shouted.
Origin of silence
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Examples from the Web for silencing
When it was his turn to speak, Ostronic warned that Kimberlin was trying to “enlist” the jury in a silencing of free speech.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
When the warrior runs into the Stark soldiers, she disposes of them with extreme prejudice, silencing the chatty Jaime.Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s Epic S4 Finale Showdown with The Hound
June 16, 2014
But the move also represents a growing sophistication in its approach to silencing critics.Moscow’s War on Social Media Claims a New Casualty
April 22, 2014
The silencing that results encourages users to do so alone, leaving no one to catch them when things turn deadly.The White Collar Heroin Problem
February 4, 2014
Silencing us does not change the truth of military occupation.J Street U Rejected for Standing Behind IDF Soldiers
October 11, 2013
They did not talk much; there was a silencing awe in the spectacle.The Greater Inclination
The impudence, the inveteracy of that fellow, is astonishing—no silencing him.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The earl waved a silencing hand, and turned with dignity to Hortensia.The Lion's Skin
I knew that the one motive for silencing me was the work I'd been doing for Mr. Boyne.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
The mistake he had made had a silencing effect upon Stacy too.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
- the state or quality of being silent
- the absence of sound or noise; stillness
- refusal or failure to speak, communicate, etc, when expectedhis silence on the subject of their promotion was alarming
- a period of time without noise
- oblivion or obscurity
- to bring to silence
- to put a stop to; extinguishto silence all complaint
Word Origin and History for silencing
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.
1560s, intransitive, "become still or silent;" 1590s, transitive, "make silent," from silence (n.). Related: Silenced; silencing.