Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate.
  • noun Release from life; death.
  • noun A final discharge, as of a duty or debt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A final discharge of an account; a final settlement; a quittance.
  • noun Hence A finishing or ending in general; stoppage.
  • noun A severe blow; a “settler.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Final discharge or acquittance, as from debt or obligation; that which silences claims; (Fig.) rest; death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stillness or pause; something that quiets or represses; removal from activity; especially: death.
  • noun Final settlement (as of a debt).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for Middle English quietus (est), (he is) discharged (of an obligation), from Medieval Latin quiētus (est), from Latin, (he is) at rest; see quiet.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin quiētus ("at rest").

Examples

  • 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.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 4

  • 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.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 4

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • 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.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Maupassant they get their "quietus" from the height, so to speak, of the saddle of a sporting gentleman.

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • The idea of the open Polar Sea then received its "quietus," for nothing but ice is there.

    Notable Voyagers From Columbus to Nordenskiold

  • 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.

    Oslo, August 31st – review

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  • The quietus he delivered to literary realism literally went unnoticed. Casanova, Samuel Beckett, p. 105.

    January 9, 2007

  • "'Jesus, Mary and Joseph,' cried Stephen, starting up. 'Do you ask me to discuss a patient, sir? Be damned to your impertinence. You will be desiring me to give him a quietus next.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 206

    March 19, 2008

  • "With daggers, bodkins, bullets, man can make

    a bruise or break for exit for his life;

    but is that a quietus, O tell me, is it quietus?

    Surely not so! for how could murder, even self-murder

    ever a quietus make?

    O let us talk of quiet that we know,

    that we can know, the deep and lovely quiet

    of a strong heart at peace!

    How can we this, our own quietus make?"

    D.H. Lawrence, "The Ship of Death"

    March 19, 2008

  • For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

    The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,

    The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,

    The insolence of office and the spurns

    That patient merit of the unworthy takes,

    When he himself might his quietus make

    With a bare bodkin?

    - Hamlet, III, i.

    March 19, 2008