One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Death or something that causes death, regarded as a release from life.
death, dying, demise, passing, passing on, passing away, expiration, expiryView synonyms
- ‘Not the bloody quietus of Titus or Hamlet or Braveheart; it wasn't frank enough, nor so wrenching.’
- ‘His quietus is a great loss not only to the Tatas but also to the whole nation.’
- ‘Then there are those who brim with passion not just for the state-approved quietus, but with fury for those who oppose it.’
- 1.1archaic Something that has a calming or soothing effect.
Late Middle English: abbreviation of medieval Latin quietus est ‘he is quit’ (see quit), originally used as a form of receipt or discharge on payment of a debt.
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