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

  • n. Informal Maintenance of aloof silence toward another as an expression of one's anger or disapproval: The rest of the class gave the tattletale the silent treatment.

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  • n. A form of social sanction that consists of ignoring a particular individual, neither speaking to that person nor responding to his or her words.

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

  • n. an aloof refusal to speak to someone you know

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