But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
When it came to Murphy, there was only the worst kind of silence.
silence was clearly the preferred strategy of Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
c.1200, "muteness, state of being silent," from Old French silence "state of being silent; absence of sound," from Latin silentium "a being silent," from silens, present participle of silere "be quiet or still," of unknown origin. Meaning "absence of sound" in English is from late 14c.
1560s, intransitive, "become still or silent;" 1590s, transitive, "make silent," from silence (n.). Related: Silenced; silencing.