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quietude

[kwahy-i-tood, -tyood] /ˈkwaɪ ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
the state of being quiet; tranquillity; calmness; stillness; quiet.
Origin of quietude
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Late Latin quiētudō, derivative of Latin quiētus quiet2; see -tude
Can be confused
quietness, quietude.
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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
  • He felt a vacancy in him, a need for the hush and quietude of the stream and the cave in the cliff.

    White Fang Jack London
  • 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
  • Before him was smiling country, streaming with sunshine, lazy with quietude.

    White Fang Jack London
  • 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.

  • From the night of the 8th to the morning of the 11th there was an interval of quietude.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • Could you endure to live in the quietude of an Italian lake with an old man?

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • She improved in the quietude and restfulness of that beloved place.

  • 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
  • And this time, following the hush, it seemed to exercise the devil of quietude.

British Dictionary definitions for quietude

quietude

/ˈkwaɪəˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil
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Word Origin and History for quietude
n.

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

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