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

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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 Her artistic nature also led her to take up and perfect intricate beadwork in the quietude of the mountains. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 8/11," 11 Aug. 2019 At a moment when things are most dire, in the book and maybe in our own lives, a creaky but noble book brings us close to present day and concludes with an enviable familial quietude, and perhaps a small bit of implied advice. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Novelist Nell Zink takes on Sept. 11 in ‘Doxology’," 10 Aug. 2019 Marine fossils are protected by layers of marine sediment and the quietude of ocean deeps. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Early Life in Death Valley," 24 Apr. 2014 Also an adjustment for Meghan will be the relative privacy and quietude of Frogmore Cottage and the surrounding area. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Will Meghan Markle Do on Maternity Leave? Here's What We Know," 22 Feb. 2019 Its quietude, the total lack of permanent residents, the temperatures that are the coldest on Earth. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "This Icelandic Apartment Is Filled With Small-Space Inspiration," 16 Aug. 2018 Similarly, the civility of the engine complements the cabin’s quietude. Al Haas, Philly.com, "With Atlas, Volkswagen offers roomy newcomer to the midsize crossover market | Al Haas," 7 May 2018 Texas Guandi Temple and Tian Hau Temple Much has been made of the sense of serenity experienced at the Rothko Chapel in Montrose, but quietude and reflection is also available on the east side. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Let’s Go, EaDo: What to check out on Houston’s changing east side," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of quietude

literary : the state of being quiet or calm

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