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quietus

Definition:

euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Plural:

quietuses

Type of:

death » state » attribute » abstraction

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

late Middle English: abbreviation of medieval Latin quietus est "he is quit"...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Quietus | Titus Fulvius Iunius Quietus
(Born: – Died: 261)

a Roman usurper against Roman Emperor Gallienus. Quietus was the son of Fulvius Macrianus and a noblewoman, possibly named Iunia. According to Historia Augusta, he was a military tribune under Valerian, but this information is challenged by historians... (38 of 520 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Quietus

Quietus (disambiguation) | Titus Fulvius Iunius Quietus

a Roman usurper. Quietus may also refer to People: Lusius Quietus, Roman general and governor | Tiberius Avidius Quietus, Roman politician | In popular culture: Quietus, a Latin word used by William Shakespeare in the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy of... (41 of 265 words, 15 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Quietus (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural] | death [synonym, sense-specific]

anything that serves to quash, eliminate, or kill | a release from life; death | the discharge or settlement of debts, duties, etc (21 of 280 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/quietus

Merriam-Webster:

quietus | especially [synonym, sense-specific] | delivery [synonym, sense-specific] | discharge [synonym, sense-specific] | release [synonym, sense-specific] | quittance [synonym, sense-specific] | birth [antonym, sense-specific] | nativity [antonym, sense-specific] | dispensation [similar, sense-specific] | ...

final settlement (as of a debt) | removal from activity ; especially, "death" | something that quiets or represses (17 of 122 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/quietus

Oxford Dictionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural]

Syllabification: (qui·e·tus) | death or something that causes death, regarded as a release from life. | [archaic] : something that has a calming or ... (22 of 72 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/quietus

quietus [literary] | quietuses [plural]

death or something that causes death, regarded as a release from life. | [archaic] : something that has a calming or soothing effect. (22 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/quietus

American Heritage Dictionary:

quietus

Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate. | Release from life; death. | A final discharge, as of a duty or debt. (21 of 51 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/quietus

Wiktionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural]

A stillness or pause; something that quiets or represses; removal from activity; especially: death. | Final settlement (as of a debt). (20 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/quietus

New World Dictionary:

quietus

discharge or release from debt, obligation, or office | discharge or release from life; death | anything that kills | anything that serves to quiet, ... (22 of 43 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/quietus

Random House Dictionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural]

a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles. | discharge or release from life. | a period of retirement or inactivity. (20 of 39 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/quietus

Macmillan British Dictionary:

quietus [singular, literary]

death | an end to something, usually something unpleasant (8 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/quietus

Britannica Encyclopedia:

sleep | Lithobates catesbeianus [species] | Hyla [genus]

a normal, reversible, recurrent state of reduced responsiveness to external stimulation that is accompanied by complex and predictable changes in ... (20 of 977 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/548545​/sleep

Columbia Encyclopedia:

sleep

resting state in which an individual becomes relatively quiescent and relatively unaware of the environment. During sleep, which is in part a period ... (23 of 353 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0845526​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

sleep [entry 1] | get/go to sleep | get to sleep | go to sleep

the resting state in which the body is not active and the mind is unconscious | "get/go to sleep": to succeed in sleeping | a period of sleeping (26 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sleep 1

sleep [entry 2, informal]

a yellowish substance sometimes found in the corners of the eyes after sleeping (13 of 22 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sleep 2

sleep [entry 3] | slept [past tense] | sleep like a log | sleep on something | sleep rough | sleeping [adjective, derived]

to be in the state of rest when your eyes are closed, your body is not active, and your mind is unconscious (22 of 194 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sleep 3

Encarta Dictionary:

quietus

death, especially when viewed as a welcome release from life | a release from a debt or duty | something that brings an activity to an end (25 of 57 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698362​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural]

Origin: late Middle English: abbreviation of medieval Latin quietus est "he is quit" (see "quit1"), originally used as a form of receipt or ... (22 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/quietus

American Heritage Dictionary:

quietus

Origin: Short for Middle English quietus (est), (he is) discharged (of an obligation), from Medieval Latin quiētus (est), from Latin, ... (19 of 25 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

quietus

First use: 1540

Origin: Middle English quietus est, from Medieval Latin, he's quit, formula of discharge from obligation

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/quietus

New World Dictionary:

quietus

Origin: Middle English quietus (est) from Medieval Latin, (he is) quit from Latin, "quiet"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/quietus

Collins Dictionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin quiētus est, literally: he's at rest, quiet

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/quietus

Wiktionary:

quietus

Origin: Latin quiētus ("at rest").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/quietus

Encarta Dictionary:

quietus

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: medieval Latin quietus (est) "(it is) at rest", acknowledging receipt or discharge of an obligation

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698362​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "quietus"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/quietus

Macmillan British Dictionary:

quietus [singular, literary]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "quietus"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/quietus

Macmillan American Dictionary:

quietus [singular, literary]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "quietus"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/quietus

the Free Dictionary:

quietus

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "quietus"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "quietus"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "quietus" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

quietus | quietuses [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "quietus"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

quietus

Audio: North American pronunciation of "quietus"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=quietu​03 word=quietus

quietus

Audio: North American pronunciation of "quietus"

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YourDictionary Audio:

quietus

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "quietus" by speech synthesizer

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