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qui·e·tus

 (kwī-ē′təs)
n.
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.]

quietus

(kwaɪˈiːtəs; -ˈeɪtəs)
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]

qui•e•tus

(kwaɪˈi təs)

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)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"

quietus

noun
The act or fact of dying:
Slang: curtain (used in plural).
Translations

quietus

[kwaɪˈiːtəs] N (quietuses (pl)) (liter) → golpe m de gracia; (= death) → muerte f (Comm) → quitanza f, finiquito m

quietus

n (old, liter)Todesstoß m; to give somebody his/something its quietusjdm/einer Sache den Todesstoß versetzen; he found his quietuser schied von hinnen (liter)
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And, completely to put the quietus on any last lingering hopes he might have had of her, he was in the thick of his spectacular and intensely bitter fight with the Coastwise Steam Navigation Company, and the Hawaiian, Nicaraguan, and Pacific-Mexican Steamship-Company.
Then I turned to see how Good had fared with the big bull, which I had heard screaming with rage and pain as I gave mine its quietus. On reaching the captain I found him in a great state of excitement.
Then he sought to close and give the quietus with his iron hook, which all this time had been pawing the air; but Peter doubled under it and, lunging fiercely, pierced him in the ribs.
Until the person is able to abstract and define rationally the idea of good, and unless he can run the gauntlet of all objections, and is ready to disprove them, not by appeals to opinion, but to absolute truth, never faltering at any step of the argument-- unless he can do all this, you would say that he knows neither the idea of good nor any other good; he apprehends only a shadow, if anything at all, which is given by opinion and not by science;-- dreaming and slumbering in this life, before he is well awake here, he arrives at the world below, and has his final quietus.
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NON-FICTION OUT OF THE WOODS by Luke Turner, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, PS16.99 (ebook PS8.99) HHH HH THE first book by Luke Turner, one of the founders of music website, The Quietus. It is a memoir that focuses on Turner's life-long fascination with Epping Forest, a woodland where Greater London meets Essex.
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In August, the Monroe government pushed through the Alcoholic Liquors Act, which gave the quietus to the prohibition debate by introducing a permit system for the sale of liquor.
The purpose of this book is to help secondary school students through the unfamiliar vocabulary they meet in 19th century texts (mort, quietus, sepulture) or trickier still, words which are still in common use but which have changed their meaning (intercourse, sensible, pregnant).
For many species that have become extinct, the final quietus is often unrelated to those processes that initially triggered their population decline.
Relation between oak tree phenology and the secretion of organic matter degrading enzymes by Lactarius quietus ectomycorrhizas before and during bud break.
Six years later, she turned what was a post-war medical student's thesis into Quietus: Last Flight The following is an excerpt from her third book.