quietus

[kwahy-ee-tuhs]
noun, plural quietuses.
1.
a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles: Having given a quietus to the argument, she left.
2.
discharge or release from life.
3.
a period of retirement or inactivity.

Origin:
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.)

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quietus (kwaɪˈiːtəs, -ˈeɪtəs)
 
n , pl -tuses
1.  anything that serves to quash, eliminate, or kill: to give the quietus to a rumour
2.  a release from life; death
3.  the discharge or settlement of debts, duties, etc
 
[C16: from Latin quiētus est, literally: he is at rest, quiet]

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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.
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