silence

[ sahy-luhns ]
/ ˈsaɪ ləns /

noun

verb (used with object), si·lenced, si·lenc·ing.

interjection

be silent! “Silence!” the teacher shouted.

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Origin of silence

1175–1225; Middle English (noun) <Old French <Latin silentium.See silent, -ence

OTHER WORDS FROM silence

o·ver·si·lence, nounun·si·lenced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for silence

silence
/ (ˈsaɪləns) /

noun

verb (tr)

to bring to silence
to put a stop to; extinguishto silence all complaint

Word Origin for silence

C13: via Old French from Latin silēntium, from silēre to be quiet. See silent
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