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1. Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate: "He was blindsided by a conflict in Korea that put the quietus on his China venture" (Robert L. Beisner).
2. Release from life; death.
3. A final discharge, as of a duty or debt.
[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.]
n, pl -tuses
1. anything that serves to quash, eliminate, or kill: to give the quietus to a rumour.
2. a release from life; death
3. the discharge or settlement of debts, duties, etc
[C16: from Latin quiētus est, literally: he is at rest, quiet]
n., pl. -tus•es.
1. a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles.
2. release from life.
3. a period of inactivity.
[1530–40; < Medieval Latin quiētus quit (in quiētus est (he) is quit, a formula of acquittance), Latin: (he) is quiet, at rest (see quiet1)]
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|Noun||1.||quietus - euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb); "she was laid to rest beside her husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"|
death - the absence of life or state of being dead; "he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"