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

Definition of quietude

: a quiet state : repose

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 fact, the EV era could renew Mercedes's reputation for bank-vault solidity—what made the biggest impression was the vacuum-of-space quietude. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2022 The quietude is going to give them a lot of time with their thoughts. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2022 The bossa nova pattern and strings return, but the general tranquility is interrupted by a trenchant guitar solo about halfway through, only to restore its former quietude a little while later. Grant Sharples, SPIN, 6 Apr. 2022 That sense of vast quietude that opened out during the lockdown period created a space for dreaming in. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 And Owen Teague, as James, makes his owlish quietude felt. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 25 Mar. 2022 Residents have been marveling at the quietude ever since. Elizabeth Royte, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Today, more than a dozen creatives have working studios (open to the public during select days and times), while many others come for the island’s quietude and inspiring vistas. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 Old compositions and new answered our chaotic era with sublime quietude. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Quietude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quietude. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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