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silence

interjection (int)

  • Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence. (interjection)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking) (noun.state)
    Example:
    There was a shocked silence.
    He gestured for silence.
    source: wordnet30
  • the absence of sound (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: quiet
    Antonym: sound
    Example:
    He needed silence in order to sleep.
    source: wordnet30
  • a refusal to speak when expected (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: muteness
    Example:
    His silence about my contribution was surprising.
    source: wordnet30
  • the trait of keeping things secret (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • cause to be quiet or not talk (verb.change)
    Synonym: hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, still
    Antonym: louden
    Example:
    Please silence the children in the church!.
    source: wordnet30
  • keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure (verb.change)
    Example:
    All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power.
    source: wordnet30
  • To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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