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"It is time for America's silent majority to stand up for its rights, and let us remember the American majority includes every minority. America's silent majority is bewildered by irrational protest." [Spiro T. Agnew, May 9, 1969]In Victorian use, the phrase meant "the dead" (1874).
silent si·lent (sī'lənt)
Producing no detectable signs or symptoms. Used of certain diseases or pathological processes.