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[kwahy-ee-tuh s] /kwaɪˈi təs/
noun, plural quietuses.
a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles:
Having given a quietus to the argument, she left.
discharge or release from life.
a period of retirement or inactivity.
Origin of quietus
1530-40; < Medieval Latin quiētus quit (in quiētus est (he) is quit, a formula of acquittance), Latin: (he) is quiet, at rest (see quiet1); cf. quit1 (adj.) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for quietus
Contemporary Examples
  • The briefest glance at David's productivity and output during his tenure there ought to put the quietus on that canard.

Historical Examples
  • So neglected knocking down, for the sake of taking-up, giving the vagrants their quietus With a bare Bodkin.

  • Now that's impossible, seeing that the night porter got his quietus also.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • We found both alike so promising that we felt we could trust either to give us our quietus, if die we must, on the high dilutions.

  • It was in the second of those rooms that I nearly got my quietus.

    A Thin Ghost and Others M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  • This put a quietus on all business, and the entire troop clustered around Elmer, begging to know what it could mean.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • Which step should I take first—the quietus, of 'curds-and-whey,' or the courtship?

  • It might be well said that discipline has received its quietus.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
  • To see Jake get his quietus from so unexpected a quarter was a tonic in itself.

    Fighting Byng A. Stone
  • I was feeling ill and weary, and longing for sleep, and hoped this would be a quietus to my young friend.

    Seen and Unseen E. Katharine Bates
British Dictionary definitions for quietus


/kwaɪˈiːtəs; -ˈeɪtəs/
noun (pl) -tuses
anything that serves to quash, eliminate, or kill: to give the quietus to a rumour
a release from life; death
the discharge or settlement of debts, duties, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin quiētus est, literally: he is at rest, quiet
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Word Origin and History for quietus

"discharge, clearing of accounts," 1530s, short for Medieval Latin phrase quietus est "he is quit" (see quit). Hence, "death" (i.e. "final discharge"), c.1600. Latin quies also was used for "the peace of death."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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