One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the sound of falling stones broke the silence of the night’
quietness, quiet, quietude, still, stillness, hush, tranquillity, noiselessness, soundlessness, peace, peacefulness, peace and quiet
2‘she was reduced to silence’
speechlessness, wordlessness, voicelessness, dumbness, muteness
taciturnity, reticence, uncommunicativeness, unresponsiveness
3‘politicians keep their silence on the big issues’
secretiveness, secrecy, reticence, taciturnity, uncommunicativeness, concealment
1‘he silenced her with a kiss’
quieten, quiet, hush, shush, still
gag, muzzle, censor, stifle
2‘the ventilator also silences outside noises’
muffle, deaden, soften, mute, smother, dampen, damp down, tone down, mask, suppress, reduce, abate
3‘cheap nuclear power would silence complaints from industry’
stop, put an end to, put a stop to, cut short, suppress
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