an act or instance of maintaining silence or aloofness toward another person, especially as a means of indicating disapproval or rejection.
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- silent cop,
- silent disco,
- silent majority,
- silent partner,
- silent service,
- silent vote,
Origin of silent treatment
First recorded in 1945–50
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