Holmes, who had previously been silent, told Blue when questioned that he was carrying four weapons and he acted alone.
Excerpted from Things I've Been silent About by Azar Nafisi Copyright © 2008 by Azar Nafisi.
But the abuse factor in Armstrong's fatal actions remained a silent one to her family, as is common in cases like this one.
While never discussed, this silent commandment must have had its roots in the predators notion of balance.
America has been struggling with this silent assassin for decades.
But in real life deep emotion is silent—I have always found it so.
He is silent and abstracted, like one just returned from the cave of Trophonius.
Only the young Franciscan, silent and motionless just now at the feast, awake still.
"I told him high altitudes and high livin' would do any man—" Again he was silent.
The two men were silent for a moment, both gazing at the fire.
c.1500, "without speech, silent, not speaking," from Latin silentem (nominative silens) "still, calm, quiet," present participle of silere "be quiet or still" (see silence (n.)). Meaning "free from noise or sound" is from 1580s.
Of letters, c.1600; of films, 1914. In the looser sense "of few words," from 1840. Phrase strong, silent (type) is attested from 1905. Silent majority in the political sense of "mass of people whose moderate views are not publicly expressed and thus overlooked" is first attested 1955 in a British context and was used by John F. Kennedy but is most associated in U.S. with the rhetoric of the Nixon administration (1969-74).
It is time for America's silent majority to stand up for its rights, and let us remember the American majority includes every minority. America's silent majority is bewildered by irrational protest. [Spiro T. Agnew, May 9, 1969]In Victorian use, the phrase meant "the dead" (1874; cf. Roman use of the noun plural of "silent" to mean "the dead"). Silence is golden (1831) is Carlyle's translation ["Sartor Resartus"] of part of the "Swiss Inscription" Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden.
silent si·lent (sī'lənt)
Producing no detectable signs or symptoms. Used of certain diseases or pathological processes.