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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class III. Words Relating to Matter
Section III. Organic Matter
2. Sensation
(5) Sound
(i) Sound in General
 
403. Silence.
 
  
NOUN:SILENCE; stillness (quiet) [See Quiescence]; peace, hush, lull; rest [music]; muteness [See Aphonia]; solemn -, awful -, dead -, deathlike- silence; silence of the -tomb, - grave.
  
VERB:BE SILENT &c. adj.; hold one’s tongue (not speak) [See Taciturnity]; whist [dial. Eng.].
  RENDER SILENT &c. adj.; silence, still, hush; stifle, muffle, gag, stop; muzzle, put to silence (render mute) [See Aphonia].
  
ADJECTIVE:SILENT; still, stilly; noiseless, quiet, calm, hush [archaic], echoless, speechless, soundless; hushed &c. v.; aphonic, surd, mute [See Aphonia].
  SOLEMN, soft, awful, deathlike; silent as the -tomb, - grave; inaudible (faint) [See Faintness].
  
ADVERB:SILENTLY &c. adj.; sub silentio [L.]; in -, in dead -, in perfect- silence.
  
INTERJECTION:HUSH! silence! soft! whist! mum! sh! chut! tut! pax! [L.], tais-toi! [F.], hold your tongue! shut up! [colloq.], be quiet! be silent! be still! chup! [Hind.], chup rao! [Hind.], tace! [L.].
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. One might hear a -feather, - pin- drop.
  2. Grosse Seelen dulden still.
  3. Le silence est la vertu de ceux qui ne sont pas sages.
  4. Le silence est le parti le plus sûr de celui qui se défie de soi-même.
  5. Silence more musical than any song.—C. G. Rossetti
  6. Tacent satis laudant.
  7. Silence, like a poultice, comes To heal the blows of sound.—Holmes
  8. Quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration.—Wordsworth
  9. Its grand orchestral silences.—E. B. Browning
  10. Thunders of white silence.—E. B. Browning

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