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 Plus, there’s an almost reverential silence that the dunes inspire—a quietude that few national parks have. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 Astra Space, which has also gone by Stealth Space Company, may emerge from a period of quietude this year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight," 15 Jan. 2020 The timing felt deliberate: there is perhaps no other week on the calendar in which Americans are more desperate for a flash of quietude, a pause in which to take stock and collectively reconsider our life styles. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Restorative Pause of Silent Record Week," 9 Jan. 2020 Be more adept at listening Hong emphasizes that a mastery of quietude is essential to plugging into your environment. NBC News, "How to use nunchi, a Korean 'superpower,' to achieve your New Year's resolutions," 6 Jan. 2020 If possible, opt for DC power to increase quietude. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Turntables at Any Price You Can Buy Right Now," 30 Dec. 2019 Along with reflectiveness and (relative) quietude, health issues are part of the film’s septuagenarian side. BostonGlobe.com, "In Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Pain and Glory,’ a filmmaker is on the verge of a nervous comeback - The Boston Globe," 17 Oct. 2019 In Purienne World, the sun is always shining, there’s probably a pool nearby, and the only obligations at hand seem to center around a hedonistic and very chic sense of quietude. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "“A Good-Looking Chaos”: Photographer Purienne on His Breathtaking New Book, Jeux de Peau," 6 Nov. 2019 The exhibition is an exciting conclusion to an unusually lively summer gallery season, which has departed from the more typical vacation-time quietude. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Spectacular aboriginal paintings from Australia burst with deep, sacred beauty," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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9 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quietude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quietude. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quietude

literary : the state of being quiet or calm

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