Origin of silent
Synonyms for silent
Antonyms for silent
Examples from the Web for silently
Contemporary Examples of silently
Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Yasin silently drew the string of his bow and let loose an arrow.Inside The Growing Organic Halal Movement
September 7, 2014
Deprived of amplification, he silently stripped down and collapsed onstage.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
July 15, 2014
They stared at me silently, then I smiled, and said, “Maybe next time.”Dodging Rockets in Afghanistan as the Taliban’s Fighting Season Begins
May 14, 2014
Silently, he moves to grab a kombo (a whisk broom instrument)—then, softly, he taps her shoulders and head.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Historical Examples of silently
Yates did not like to ask the cause of the delay; so the three sat there silently.
Nothing was said, but they got silently into the boat, which might have been Charon's craft for all he could see of it.
The Nubian silently indicated two of the three hung on his person.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She silently dropped her money into the chest, and departed.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
He was cheerfully, but silently obeyed by more than two hundred men.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
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.