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    silence - Dictionary definition and meaning for word silence

    Definition
    (noun) the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)
    Example Sentence
    • there was a shocked silence
    • he gestured for silence
    Definition
    (noun) the absence of sound
    Synonyms : quiet
    Example Sentence
    • he needed silence in order to sleep
    • the street was quiet
    Definition
    (noun) a refusal to speak when expected
    Synonyms : muteness
    Example Sentence
    • his silence about my contribution was surprising
    Definition
    (noun) the trait of keeping things secret
    Synonyms : secrecy , secretiveness
    Definition
    (verb) cause to be quiet or not talk
    Synonyms : hush , hush up , quieten , shut up , still
    Example Sentence
    • Please silence the children in the church!
    Definition
    (verb) keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    Example Sentence
    • All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power
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