[kwahy-ee-tuh s] /kwaɪˈi təs/

noun, plural quietuses.
a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles:
Having given a quietus to the argument, she left.
discharge or release from life.
a period of retirement or inactivity.
/kwaɪˈiːtəs; -ˈeɪtəs/
noun (pl) -tuses
anything that serves to quash, eliminate, or kill: to give the quietus to a rumour
a release from life; death
the discharge or settlement of debts, duties, etc

“discharge, clearing of accounts,” 1530s, short for Medieval Latin phrase quietus est “he is quit” (see quit). Hence, “death” (i.e. “final discharge”), c.1600. Latin quies also was used for “the peace of death.”


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