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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.
v.tr. 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.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) (of a clergyman) forbidden to preach or perform his clerical functions: a silenced priest.
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