from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate.
- n. Release from life; death.
- n. A final discharge, as of a duty or debt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stillness or pause; something that quiets or represses; removal from activity; especially: death.
- n. Final settlement (as of a debt).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.) rest; death.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A final discharge of an account; a final settlement; a quittance.
- n. Hence A finishing or ending in general; stoppage.
- n. A severe blow; a “settler.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
Quietus is a short form of the term quietus est or abeinde recessit quietus, the formulae used in the Court of the Exchequer to show that an account has been correctly presented and cleared.
One way in which a language lives and grows is by modifying existing meanings and employing them in new contexts, and it is the poets who contribute most to this process.. bqb As an example from Shakespeare we can take the word quietus which at first sight seems not to lend itself to poetry at all.
I think you need to come to terms with the fact that a large number of people in the UK see giving drugs smugglers/dealers their quietus is the way to go - pick me on that one.
Maupassant they get their "quietus" from the height, so to speak, of the saddle of a sporting gentleman.
The idea of the open Polar Sea then received its "quietus," for nothing but ice is there.
In Oslo, August 31st, the Norwegian central character, Anders, is a drug addict from a similar background who makes his quietus after a day in the national capital.
And, completely to put the quietus on any last lingering hopes he might have had of her, he was in the thick of his spectacular and intensely bitter fight with the Coastwise Steam Navigation Company, and the Hawaiian,
This also puts the quietus to the notion that you can see "design" by looking at things.
UPDATE (and apology): (March 26) Evan Dyer puts the quietus on this one, and has posted a comment at Wikileaks as well.
When Deegan began praying noisily over his dinner, Jake listened for half a minute and then told the man to put the quietus on it.