silent treatment


Definition of silent treatment

: an act of completely ignoring a person or thing by resort to silence especially as a means of expressing contempt or disapproval

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Examples of silent treatment in a Sentence

ever since our run-in at the party she's been giving me the silent treatment
Recent Examples on the Web Explaining your feelings aloud can be difficult, but the silent treatment will not get you anywhere right now. Tarot Astrologers,, 11 Aug. 2021 Her teenage daughter, Ally, opts to stay with her dad and give her mother the silent treatment. Michele Filgate, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 Given that the show has typically come out near Father's Day every year, the silent treatment from Paramount is starting to lead to a lot of confusion and frustration. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2021 Nomadland also won best picture but received a similar silent treatment. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2021 His teammates rewarded him with the silent treatment in the dugout before coming together to mob him and rub his long hair. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 22 Apr. 2021 This normally manifests as awkward conversations or maybe a bit of silent treatment one way or the other. Mike Wehner, BGR, 27 Mar. 2021 But the silent treatment ultimately harms the person causing it, too. Daryl Austin, The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2021 Over the past several months, my mom has maintained her level of comfort and safety most of the time, but she’ll eventually get worn down by my sister’s guilt trips and silent treatment and will see them in person anyway. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of silent treatment

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silent treatment was in 1825

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21 Aug 2021

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“Silent treatment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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