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silence

[ sahy-luhns ]SEE DEFINITION OF silence
  • nounabsence of sound, speech
  • verbmake or be quiet

Synonyms for silence

  • blackout
  • calm
  • lull
  • peace
  • quiet
  • reticence
  • secrecy
  • stillness
  • censorship
  • death
  • dumbness
  • hush
  • laconism
  • muteness
  • noiselessness
  • quiescence
  • quietness
  • quietude
  • quietus
  • reserve
  • sleep
  • speechlessness
  • still
  • sulk
  • sullenness
  • taciturnity
  • uncommunicativeness
  • dead air
  • hush-hush
  • inarticulateness
  • iron curtain
  • saturninity
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Antonyms for silence

  • agitation
  • clamor
  • communication
  • noise
  • talk
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SILENCE

The silence remained unbroken, until Paralus asked for music.

Eudora persevered in silence, but her agitation obviously increased.

He was busy almost half an hour, while Uncle Peter smoked in silence.

Each instinctively touched the other's arm, as a signal for silence.

Robert pointed in silence to the huge rock which lay on the track.

An hour's silence with these two people by themselves might have worked wonders.

At the doorway she gave him her hand, which he took in silence.

After watching Hope for a time in silence, she began to question her.

He kept it to himself, and heard in silence the criticisms made at the club-windows.

She did not glance at him, but held her cigarette in silence and refused to light it.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "muteness, state of being silent," from Old French silence "state of being silent; absence of sound," from Latin silentium "a being silent," from silens, present participle of silere "be quiet or still," of unknown origin. Meaning "absence of sound" in English is from late 14c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SILENCE

calm

nounquietness, composure
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