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 (kwī′ĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)

[Late Latin quiētūdō, from Latin quiētus, resting, from past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see quiet.]


the state or condition of being quiet, peaceful, calm, or tranquil


(ˈkwaɪ ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

the state of being quiet; tranquillity.
[1590–1600; < Late Latin quiētudō, derivative of Latin quiētus quiet1; see -tude]


See also meditation.

a mania for stillness.
a mania for sitting.
the state or quality of being in repose or at rest. — quiescent, adj.
a state or quality of being calm, quiet, silent, or in repose.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quietude - a state of peace and quietquietude - a state of peace and quiet    
calmness - a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
peace of mind, ataraxis, peacefulness, repose, serenity, peace, heartsease - the absence of mental stress or anxiety
easiness, relaxation - a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry; "the easiness we feel when sleeping"




[ˈkwaɪətjuːd] Nquietud f


n (liter)Ruhe f, → Friede(n) m
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At such times, under an abated sun; afloat all day upon smooth, slow heaving swells; seated in his boat, light as a birch canoe; and so sociably mixing with the soft waves themselves, that like hearth-stone cats they purr against the gunwale; these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.
It was a July midnight; and from out A full-orbed moon, that, like thine own soul, soaring, Sought a precipitate pathway up through heaven, There fell a silvery-silken veil of light, With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber, Upon the upturned faces of a thousand Roses that grew in an enchanted garden, Where no wind dared to stir, unless on tiptoe -- Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses That gave out, in return for the love-light, Their odorous souls in an ecstatic death -- Fell on the upturn'd faces of these roses That smiled and died in this parterre, enchanted By thee, and by the poetry of thy presence.
So, almost every twenty-four hours, when the watches of the night were set, and the band on deck sentinelled the slumbers of the band below; and when if a rope was to be hauled upon the forecastle, the sailors flung it not rudely down, as by day, but with some cautiousness dropt it to its place, for fear of disturbing their slumbering shipmates; when this sort of steady quietude would begin to prevail, habitually, the silent steersman would watch the cabin-scuttle; and ere long the old man would emerge, griping at the iron banister, to help his crippled way.
You see, then, plainly, that everything conspires to give us quietude and hope.
Or, supposing him asleep, how infantile a quietude of conscience, and what wholesome order in the gastric region, are betokened by slumber so entirely undisturbed with starts, cramp, twitches, muttered dreamtalk, trumpet-blasts through the nasal organ, or any slightest irregularity of breath
No more bombs fell from the windows, the last pedestrians seemed to have vanished from the streets, and our immediate quietude grew more profound; though the gigantic caldron continued to bubble in the distance, dull roars of explosions came to us from all directions, and the smoke-pillars were towering more ominously in the heavens.
The stranger had entered the room with the characteristic quietude of the profession to which he announced himself as belonging.
Seek quietude and oblivion, so that you may return peaceably to France after a few years.
Being disarmed, he sank into quietude, and professed the greatest remorse for the crime he had meditated.
He was often thus when communing with himself on board ship in the quietude of the night.
Before him was smiling country, streaming with sunshine, lazy with quietude.
He is not here now, but he will be glad to hear of you, I am sure," said Dorothea, seating herself unthinkingly between the fire and the light of the tall window, and pointing to a chair opposite, with the quietude of a benignant matron.