Origin of silent
Synonyms for silent
Antonyms for silent
Related Words for silentmum, reticent, restrained, mute, bashful, close, closemouthed, dumb, faint, hush, inarticulate, incoherent, indistinct, inhibited, laconic, mousy, noiseless, reserved, shy, soundless
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Contemporary Examples of silent
Hitchcock had the historical good fortune to have worked from silent films through television.
Hitchcock is silent for a moment as Batliner checks on Connery's availability.
His entry into the business of film making was as designer and writer of title cards for silent films.
Some were silent from shock, others giddy and smiling as they boarded the U.S. Air Force C-130s.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The people behind the new film, however, have been silent on the issue.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters
November 21, 2014
Historical Examples of silent
Some of these bright beings are speaking, and others are silent.
In this holy atmosphere we paused for a moment in silent reverence.
He is silent and abstracted, like one just returned from the cave of Trophonius.
"I told him high altitudes and high livin' would do any man—" Again he was silent.
She was silent and motionless for another five minutes, thinking intently.
Word Origin for silent
c.1500, "without speech, silent, not speaking," from Latin silentem (nominative silens) "still, calm, quiet," present participle of silere "be quiet or still" (see silence (n.)). Meaning "free from noise or sound" is from 1580s.
Of letters, c.1600; of films, 1914. In the looser sense "of few words," from 1840. Phrase strong, silent (type) is attested from 1905. Silent majority in the political sense of "mass of people whose moderate views are not publicly expressed and thus overlooked" is first attested 1955 in a British context and was used by John F. Kennedy but is most associated in U.S. with the rhetoric of the Nixon administration (1969-74).
It is time for America's silent majority to stand up for its rights, and let us remember the American majority includes every minority. America's silent majority is bewildered by irrational protest. [Spiro T. Agnew, May 9, 1969]
In Victorian use, the phrase meant "the dead" (1874; cf. Roman use of the noun plural of "silent" to mean "the dead"). Silence is golden (1831) is Carlyle's translation ["Sartor Resartus"] of part of the "Swiss Inscription" Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden.