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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
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  • So he too will seek a remedy beneath the surgeon's knife and receive his quietus for it.
  • The tense encounter in a forbidding landscape, the dark humor in the face of facts, the good chance of a painful quietus.
  • Collector of public money ineligible unless he has quietus.
  • Show your estimate of favorites by putting a quietus upon these fellows who are seeking to use them for bad purposes.
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."

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