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silent

adjective

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1 deliberately refraining from speech
  • the suddenly silent child had to be prompted to say hello

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2 tending not to speak frequently (as by habit or inclination)
  • a naturally silent boy, he was often overshadowed by his louder siblings

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3 mostly or entirely without sound
  • the room was so silent that you could have heard the proverbial pin drop

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silent, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive mean showing restraint in speaking. silent implies a habit of saying no more than is needed. the strong, silent type taciturn implies a temperamental disinclination to speech and usually connotes unsociability. taciturn villagers reticent implies a reluctance to speak out or at length, especially about one's own affairs. was reticent about his plans reserved implies reticence and suggests the restraining influence of caution or formality in checking easy informal conversational exchange. greetings were brief, formal, and reserved secretive, too, implies reticence but usually carries a suggestion of deviousness and lack of frankness or of an often ostentatious will to conceal. the secretive research and development division

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The first known use of silent was in the 15th century

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“Silent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/silent. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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