The state of being silent (as when no one is speaking).
The absence of sound:
— He needed silence in order to sleep.
Dutch: antigeluid, rust, stilte
Polish: cichość, cisza
A refusal to speak when expected:
— His silence about my contribution was surprising.
The trait of keeping things secret.
Dutch: discretie, geheimhouding, geheimzinnigheid
Polish: skrytość, zamkniętość, zamkniętość w sobie
Cause to be quiet or not talk:
— Please silence the children in the church!.
Roget 731: succeed; be successful etc. adj.; gain one's end, gain one's ends; crown with success. gain a point, attain a point, carry a point, secure a point, win a point, win an object; get there [U.S.]; ... show more
Roget 158: be impotent etc. adj.; not have a leg to stand on. vouloir rompre l'anguille au genou [Fr.], vouloir prendre la lune avec les dents [Fr.]. collapse, faint, swoon, fall into a swoon, drop; go by the board, go by the wayside; ... show more
Keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure.
Moby thesaurus: answer, answer conclusively, argue down, asphyxiate, ataraxia, ataraxy, blow to pieces, blow up, blunt, bottle up, brain, brevity, briefness, bring down, brusqueness, burn to death, calm, calmness, censor, choke ... show more.
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