Definition of quietude in US English:



  • A state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place.

    • ‘My siblings and I had often rebelled against this time of quietude as young children, but as grew older, it became sacred to us.’
    • ‘In the end, regretfully, I chose none of them, preferring instead two books I read quite frequently, one for its astonishing use of language and the other for the haunting quietude of its tale.’
    • ‘Only it had worn him down, until, eventually, he discovered that what he really wanted was peace and accordance, stability and a degree of quietude.’
    • ‘At least golf has its moments of quietude as well, so it wasn't that bad.’
    • ‘Beyond the lobby is the auditorium and beyond that a sculpture garden, a lovely oasis of quietude at the rear of the lot.’
    • ‘Mourners deserve to honour their loss in peace, quietude and with due respect,’ he went on.’
    • ‘In this case also, we are not really in a place of solitude or quietude, except in a superficial sense.’
    • ‘Because of this quietude, the rustle in the brush behind me sounded like a shot through the lazy summer air.’
    • ‘Again, as in other pieces, the autumn poem uses quietude, fine enjambment and spacing, to convey the weight of the branches, the dying process.’
    • ‘I have said that the poem's spirit might be called ‘contemplative’, which always implies some degree of quietude.’
    • ‘They also don't cleave to the imagined Japan of old, which occurs to us as a blur of cherry blossoms and hedge gardens, scented with vaguely detected aromas of honor, humility, feudalism, solicitousness, and quietude.’
    • ‘This level of restraint, even quietude, is marked throughout the installation - the design is distinguished by what it doesn't do, as much as what it does.’
    • ‘Council is a reflective activity with roots in Quaker and Native American traditions, a time for all to come together for some common quietude, some seriousness, and for the sharing of deeper feelings.’
    • ‘A roadside apartment is not a pleasant prospect, but once you're inside the gates of the complex, it is an oasis of quietude, with immaculate, mature tropical gardens offset by a large, unheated outdoor pool.’
    • ‘The ‘grace’ that the young priest may bring to others - and, in the end, to himself - is quietude of soul, a kind of acceptance of what it is, as it is, in each case.’
    • ‘She has achieved a state of quietude and equanimity.’
    • ‘Each one of us should take some time out for ourselves and sit in total quietude,’ he points out.’
    • ‘It seemed to creep up on the neighborhood like a old tabby who suddenly appears underfoot, purring and mewing blossoms of quietude after the winter winds.’
    • ‘A sense of strength and quietude is always what I take away from your writing.’
    • ‘But the loudest devotional song may bless the students to do their best, but it will surely not provide them the blissful quietude of early morning study that can make that extra difference in their examination preparation.’
    peacefulness, peace and quiet, peace, restfulness, calm, calmness, tranquillity, serenity
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Late 16th century: from French quiétude or medieval Latin quietudo, from Latin quietus ‘quiet’.