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silent

[ sahy-luhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF silent
  • adj.quiet; speechless
  • adj.understood, implied

Synonyms for silent

  • hushed
  • mum
  • mute
  • restrained
  • reticent
  • bashful
  • buttoned up
  • checked
  • clammed up
  • close
  • closed up
  • closemouthed
  • curbed
  • dumb
  • dummied up
  • faint
  • hush
  • iced
  • inarticulate
  • incoherent
  • inconversable
  • indistinct
  • inhibited
  • laconic
  • mousy
  • muted
  • noiseless
  • nonvocal
  • not talkative
  • reserved
  • shy
  • silentious
  • soundless
  • still
  • struck dumb
  • taciturn
  • tongue-tied
  • unclear
  • uncommunicative
  • unheard
  • unsociable
  • unspeaking
  • voiceless
  • wordless
  • zipped
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Antonyms for silent

  • clamorous
  • communicative
  • explicit
  • noisy
  • talkative
  • tangible
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SILENT

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.

Some of these bright beings are speaking, and others are silent.

In this holy atmosphere we paused for a moment in silent reverence.

She was silent and motionless for another five minutes, thinking intently.

"I wish it would," she said, gently, and then went on with her own thoughts while he was silent.

Descending this, he went forth with her into the dark and silent night.

But every eye was upon me, and the Church was silent as death, waiting for my rising.

But the men drank it in—all except Henry, silent in his corner.

There is a moral, and a religion too, even in the silent walls.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SILENT

aphonic

adjectivevoiceless
  • dumb
  • inarticulate
  • mute
  • silent
  • speechless
  • unarticulate

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