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silence

silence - Dictionary definition and meaning for word silence

Definition
(noun) the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
Example Sentence
  • there was a shocked silence
  • he gestured for silence

Definition
(noun) the absence of sound
Synonyms : quiet
Example Sentence
  • he needed silence in order to sleep
  • the street was quiet

Definition
(noun) a refusal to speak when expected
Synonyms : muteness
Example Sentence
  • his silence about my contribution was surprising

Definition
(noun) the trait of keeping things secret
Synonyms : secrecy , secretiveness

Definition
(verb) cause to be quiet or not talk
Synonyms : hush , hush up , quieten , shut up , still
Example Sentence
  • Please silence the children in the church!

Definition
(verb) keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
Example Sentence
  • All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power

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