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Friday, February 12, 2010

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
Quietus is from Medieval Latin quietus (est), "(it is) at rest" (said of an obligation that has been discharged), from Latin quietus, "at rest."