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Friday, March 16, 2001

Definitions for quietus

  1. Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation.
  2. Removal from activity; rest; death.
  3. Something that serves to suppress or quiet.

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Citations for quietus
I have put a quietus upon that ticking. Depend upon it, the ticking will trouble you no more. Herman Melville,
Consider a small police-blotter report from an 1875 issue of The Grant County Herald in Silver City, N[ew] M[exico]: "We learn that on Friday, Jose Garcia, who lives at the Chino copper mines, caught his wife in flagrante delicto -- we leave the reader to guess the crime -- Jose, then and there, gave her the quietus with an axe." Thomas Kunkel, New York Times
Origin of quietus
1530-1540
Quietus is from Medieval Latin quietus (est), "(it is) at rest" (said of an obligation that has been discharged), from Latin quietus, "at rest."