I find it hard to sleep unless there is complete silence.
The silence was broken by the sound of footsteps in the hallway.
We sat there in dead silence.
My sister's revelation was met with stunned silence.
The professor asked for silence.
There was an awkward silence after he confessed his love for her.
A long silence followed her reply.
We must break 50 years of silence on issues like the government's involvement in assassination and espionage.
I will not be intimidated into silence.
She finally ended her silence and spoke to the media about what happened. Verb
My sister's revelation silenced everyone around the table.
Disconnecting the battery will silence the alarm.
The mayor tried to silence his critics.
I will not be silenced!
It's obvious that the purpose of this law is to silence dissent. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
You and Derbez’s performance point to it fueling some of Jaime’s silence.—Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 Here’s what experts had to say about why walking in silence can improve mental health and wellbeing, and how people can set themselves up for success before trying mindful walking.—Julia Landwehr, Health, 8 Sep. 2023 The moment of silence usually lasts about five seconds before the music revs up again and Beyoncé continues with the rest of the song.—Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 As the pair stood and reflected in-front of the image, the air stood still, with the silence echoing around the historical cathedral.—Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Sep. 2023 His Munro observes in silence, sketches images in his notebook, without ever trying to impose his beliefs on the Māori.—Carlos Aguilar, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 In all that silence, terrible thoughts snagged in her mind.—Ellen Barry Hilary Swift, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 The same radio silence that defined the Pac-12’s messaging strategy throughout the media rights negotiations is at work in this endeavor.—Jon Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 Eleven days after Royal Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales sparked international backlash during the country's World Cup celebrations, FIFA president Gianni Infantino is breaking his silence.—Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2023
And the women have accused the controversial church of trying to silence them, an allegation a Scientology spokesperson has vehemently and repeatedly denied.—Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2023 Alabama needs a victory to help silence some of the doubters about the direction of the program.—USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 To that end, the United States and NATO need to make clear that their explicit goal is for Ukraine to defeat Russia’s forces in Ukraine—and to silence Russia’s global narrative.—Mick Ryan, Foreign Affairs, 30 Aug. 2023 These tactics encompassed frequent physical removal of murals that challenged the status quo, aiming to silence the voices of those speaking out against injustice by detaining, kidnapping and threatening the lives of their creators.—Pouya Afshar, The Conversation, 30 Aug. 2023 That triggered the vote to silence Jones, infuriating Democrats and gun control advocates in the gallery, who yelled in protest.—Dakin Andone, CNN, 29 Aug. 2023 Jordan and other Republicans allege these efforts to limit online falsehoods amount to a vast conspiracy between social media companies and the Biden administration to silence conservative viewpoints online.—Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 Republican lawmakers silenced the ''Tennessee Three'' Democrats on the House floor for a day.—USA TODAY, 29 Aug. 2023 Wright, who didn’t sue Law360, is asking both women for $108 million in damages.
Dorsey and Landry, who were among five women who spoke to Bloomberg and agreed to be identified, said Wright was seeking to silence them with this suit.—Leah Nylen, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin silentium, from silent-, silens