moment of silence

noun phrase

: a short period of silent thought or prayer
The crowd observed a moment of silence for those who died in the tragedy.

Examples of moment of silence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After an extended moment of silence between the two, Janelle begins the conversation and directly asserts her future expectations for their relationship. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 Before the game, the players huddled for more prayers, and the Maritime College public address announcer, at Yeshiva’s request, asked for a moment of silence for those who had died in Israel. David Waldstein Jonah Markowitz, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 By the time Congress marked the attack’s first anniversary, Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) was the only Republican who attended a moment of silence on the House floor. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2024 After Olivier was sentenced, Parrish's father, Roger Parrish, held a moment of silence for all of Fourniret's victims, the BBC reports. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2023 Chief Justice John Roberts also started the week's slate of oral arguments on Monday by honoring O'Connor with a moment of silence. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 5 Dec. 2023 There will be a moment of silence prior to the game and a gathering of remembrance afterward, the school said. CBS News, 20 Sep. 2023 The French soccer league said a moment of silence would be observed at upcoming matches to honor the victims. Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2023 After some singing and a candlelit moment of silence, attendees helped stitch together a quilt that had the names and photos of the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 See More

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“Moment of silence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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