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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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  • Do this, and you will find in a railway station much of the quietude and consolation of a cathedral.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • His gaze was as still as her very self; her look at him had in at the quietude of all emotion.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • She lay back in the cushions, her head a little bent, her hands interlaced with a perfect imitation of quietude.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • He marvelled at her quietude and thought that she should have been as restless as himself.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • For aught we can tell the present is an era of quietude and slow change, compared with some of the eras which have preceded it.

  • This intermediate stretch of river is beautiful in its quietude.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Could you endure to live in the quietude of an Italian lake with an old man?

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • He was often thus when communing with himself on board ship in the quietude of the night.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • Again there were almost audible stares of reproach from the audience, and quietude settled down once more like a pall.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • The instant that the bell rang, however, this state of quietude was put to flight.

    Fighting the Flames R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for quietude


the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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