qui·​etude | \ ˈkwī-ə-ˌtüd How to pronounce quietude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of quietude

: a quiet state : repose

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Examples of quietude in a Sentence

after his tantrum, the toddler lapsed into an exhausted quietude and fell asleep the quietude of the early morning was broken only by the occasional chirping of birds
Recent Examples on the Web In her paintings Sherald provides the social context for moments of Black joy and quietude. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, "Artist Amy Sherald Delivers ‘The Great American Fact’," 15 Apr. 2021 These remote sites typically do not have amenities like bathrooms and picnic tables but make up for it in quietude. New York Times, "Get Outside and Safely Visit a National Park," 12 Mar. 2021 Some hard lines, especially those of sculptures, complement quietude. Yelena Moroz Alpert, WSJ, "The New Trend in Home Gardens—Landscaping to Calm Anxiety," 12 Mar. 2021 The quietude shifts into full-throttle intensive care mode. Alison Medley, Chron, "A day in the life of a Houston ICU nurse," 30 Dec. 2020 Not surprisingly, there could be long-term health consequences from this physical quietude. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, "If we sit a lot, do we have to move a lot?," 10 Dec. 2020 Glass achieves a holistic view not only of the work, but the life of a health-care professional, her prosaic descriptions and muffled dialogue effecting an aesthetic quietude — like a hospital, or a morgue. Pete Tosiello, Washington Post, "Emma Glass’s ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ powerfully describes what it means to be a health-care worker," 2 Dec. 2020 But a common thread is the goal of blending quietude and community in a mobile lifestyle. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, "Working from the road: ‘Van life’ trend gets a pandemic bump," 10 Sep. 2020 Like the garden at its heart, The Secret Garden has always found its beauty in its quietude, a small story of hearts broken and healed through nature, attentive care, and true connection. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The Secret Garden is a cloying, off-the-mark adaptation of a great novel: Review," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of quietude

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quietude

borrowed from Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin quiētūdō, from Latin quiētus quiet entry 2 + -tūdō, suffix of abstract nouns

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The first known use of quietude was in 1597

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27 Apr 2021

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“Quietude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quietude. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quietude

literary : the state of being quiet or calm

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