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English noun: silence

1. silence (state) the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)


SamplesThere was a shocked silence.
He gestured for silence.


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

2. silence (attribute) the absence of sound


SamplesHe needed silence in order to sleep.
The street was quiet.


Synonymsquiet


Broader (hypernym)sound property


Narrower (hyponym)hush, quietness, soundlessness, speechlessness, still, stillness


Antonymssound

3. silence (attribute) a refusal to speak when expected


SamplesHis silence about my contribution was surprising.


Synonymsmuteness


Broader (hypernym)uncommunicativeness

4. silence (attribute) the trait of keeping things secret


Synonymssecrecy, secretiveness


Broader (hypernym)uncommunicativeness


Narrower (hyponym)mum


English verb: silence

1. silence (change) cause to be quiet or not talk


SamplesPlease silence the children in the church!.


Synonymshush, hush up, quieten, shut up, still


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress


Narrower (hyponym)calm down, gag, lull, muzzle, shout down, shush


Causehush


Verb grouphush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten


Antonymslouden

2. silence (change) keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure


SamplesAll dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress









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