noun qui·etus \kwī-ˈē-təs, -ˈā-\

Definition of QUIETUS

:  final settlement (as of a debt)
:  removal from activity; especially :  death
:  something that quiets or represses <put the quietus on their celebration>

Examples of QUIETUS

  1. <was granted a quietus on the remainder of the debt in the old man's will>
  2. <her unshakable belief in a blissful afterlife allowed her to meet her quietus without the slightest tinge of fear or regret>

Origin of QUIETUS

Middle English quietus est, from Medieval Latin, he is quit, formula of discharge from obligation
First Known Use: 1540

Rhymes with QUIETUS


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