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[kwahy-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈkwaɪ ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
the state of being quiet; tranquillity; calmness; stillness; quiet.
Origin of quietude
1590-1600; < Late Latin quiētudō, derivative of Latin quiētus quiet2; see -tude
Can be confused
quietness, quietude. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quietude
  • The lake and the picturesque and historic village never looked more inviting to the seeker of rest and quietude than now.
  • Only those who court quietude catch its rewards of ideas and imagination.
  • The stranger had entered the room with the characteristic quietude of the profession to which he announced himself as belonging.
  • Her face, so long familiar to the townspeople, showed the marble quietude which they were accustomed to behold there.
  • The realist position, however, is not necessarily a position of quietude.
  • Visitors enjoy the park's quietude, views and extensive hiking trails that range from easy to challenging.
  • Her presence offers those who are suffering healing, peace and quietude.
  • We are committed to traffic calming measures in our neighborhoods so that their quietude and safety will be enhanced.
  • quietude sometimes allowed you to hear the distant howl of coyotes at night.
  • She eat in outward quietude, her head averted, her thoughts tumultuous.
British Dictionary definitions for quietude


the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil
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Word Origin and History for quietude

1590s, from Middle French quiétude (c.1500) or directly from Late Latin quietudo, from Latin quietus (see quiet (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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