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1. The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent.
2. The absence of sound; stillness.
3. A period of time without speech or noise.
4. Refusal or failure to speak out. si·lenced, si·lenc·ing, si·lenc·es
1. To make silent or bring to silence: silenced the crowd with a gesture.
2. To curtail the expression of; suppress: silencing all criticism; silenced their opponents.
3. Genetics To interfere with the expression of (a gene or gene segment) so that its biological function is suppressed.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin silentium, from silēns, silent-, present participle of silēre, to be silent.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) (of a clergyman) forbidden to preach or perform his clerical functions: a silenced priest.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.silenced - reduced to silence; "the silenced crowd waited expectantly"
unsilenced - not silenced
References in classic literature ?
There was an energy, a conviction, and a sincerity in the manner of the young man, which silenced the tumult.
Accustomed to the world, habitually at their ease in every social emergency, they were now silenced for the first time in their lives by the first serious sense of embarrassment which they had felt since they were children in the presence of a stranger.
He silenced them on the instant by speaking on his side.
The uses of silence examined here include the muted tones in Kierkegaard's fear and trembling, political silencing (such as cartographic silences in Brian Friels's translations and Becket's Cold War texts) silencing one's own voice (self-censorship, how to foster silence), fascination with the void (the image of the falling man), body language(the secret sensation of self and other, the Japanese tea ceremony as a form of contemplative ellipses), pure and uncorrupted pantomime (classical and medieval science), silenced women in Latin elegy, and speaking in "saintly silence.