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quietus

[kwahy-ee-tuh s] /kwaɪˈi təs/
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 of quietus
1530-1540
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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  • The briefest glance at David's productivity and output during his tenure there ought to put the quietus on that canard.

British Dictionary definitions for quietus

quietus

/kwaɪˈiːtəs; -ˈeɪtəs/
noun (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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin quiētus est, literally: he is at rest, quiet
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Word Origin and History for quietus
n.

"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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