Definition of quietism
1a : a system of religious mysticism teaching that perfection and spiritual peace are attained by annihilation of the will and passive absorption in contemplation of God and divine thingsb : a passive withdrawn attitude or policy toward the world or worldly affairs
2 : a state of calmness or passivity
quietistplay \ˈkwī-ə-tist\ adjective or noun
quietisticplay \ˌkwī-ə-ˈti-stik\ adjective
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Diana was more aggressive, the clamorous defender of quietism.
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