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 His teammates greeted him with the silent treatment as a fan outside the stadium collected the baseball. Nathan Ruiz,, "Ryan Mountcastle’s two homers not enough as Orioles lose on another walk-off hit to Blue Jays, 6-5," 30 Aug. 2020 And yes, shutting someone down with exasperation can be a form of control, and yes, the silent treatment can be a form of control. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: Finding the answer to a couple’s communication woes," 21 Aug. 2020 But really, is giving your top customers the silent treatment any way to reward their loyalty? Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Will the coronavirus pandemic cost the travel industry its most loyal customers?," 28 Mar. 2020 Garnett and Rondo are seemingly still giving Allen the silent treatment, even though players in the NBA switch teams quite literally all the time. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Most Notable NBA Feuds This Past Decade," 17 Sep. 2019 Gespass’ request isn’t the only one the city has given the silent treatment. al, "What’s Randall Woodfin hiding?," 6 Sep. 2019 The silent treatment President Donald Trump had been getting from the Democratic candidates in the debates ended this week. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, "Trump mentioned 161 times during the Democratic debates in Detroit," 1 Aug. 2019 Djimon Hounsou is ready for the silent treatment: The Captain Marvel and Shazam star is replacing Brian Tyree Henry in the sequel to A Quiet Place, EW has confirmed. Devan Coggan,, "Djimon Hounsou replacing Brian Tyree Henry in A Quiet Place 2," 12 Aug. 2019 China’s next move may be to give the silent treatment a try. Alan Rappeport,, "Consumers would feel bite from latest tariff plan," 4 Aug. 2019

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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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13 Sep 2020

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“Silent treatment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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