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Definition of Silence


  1. The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.
  2. Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.
  3. Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.
  4. The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.
  5. Absence of mention; oblivion.
  6. Be silent; -- used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.
  7. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
  8. To put to rest; to quiet.
  9. To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel.
  10. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.

Silence Quotations

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
Octavia Butler

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some people can't stand being alone. I love solitude and silence. But when I come out of it, I'm a regular talking machine. It's all or nothing for me.
Celine Dion
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Silence Translations

silence in Dutch is kalmte, rust, rustigheid, stilte
silence in Italian is calma, tacere, ristoro
silence in Latin is silentium
silence in Spanish is sosiego, acallar, silencio
silence in Swedish is tystnad, stillhet, tysthet
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