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silence /ˈsaɪləns/ n
  1. the state or quality of being silent
  2. the absence of sound or noise; stillness
  3. refusal or failure to speak, communicate, etc, when expected: his silence on the subject of their promotion was alarming
  4. a period of time without noise
  5. oblivion or obscurity
vb (transitive)
  1. to bring to silence
  2. to put a stop to; extinguish: to silence all complaint
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin silēntium, from silēre to be quiet. See silent

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