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Solitude vs. Silence

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Solitudenoun

Aloneness; state of being alone or solitary, by oneself.

Silencenoun

The absence of any sound.

‘When the motor stopped, the silence was almost deafening.’;

Solitudenoun

A lonely or deserted place.

Silencenoun

The act of refraining from speaking.

‘"You have the right to silence," said the police officer.’;

Solitudenoun

state of being alone, or withdrawn from society; a lonely life; loneliness.

‘Whosoever is delighted with solitude is either a wild beast or a god.’; ‘O Solitude! where are the charmsThat sages have seen in thy face?’;

Silencenoun

Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.

‘During silence a message came to me that there was that of God in every person.’;

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Solitudenoun

Remoteness from society; destitution of company; seclusion; - said of places; as, the solitude of a wood.

‘The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him.’;

Silenceverb

(transitive) To make (someone or something) silent.

‘Can you silence the crowd, so we can start the show?’;

Solitudenoun

solitary or lonely place; a desert or wilderness.

‘In these deep solitudes and awful cellsWhere heavenly pensive contemplation dwells.’; ‘O blest retirement, friend to life's decline.’; ‘Such only can enjoy the country who are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude; and in that [the country] solitude is prepared for them.’; ‘It is a place of seclusion from the external world.’; ‘These evils . . . seem likely to reduce it [a city] ere long to the loneliness and the insignificance of a village.’;

Silenceverb

(transitive) To repress the expression of something.

‘Women, as well as children, have their thoughts or emotions routinely silenced.’;

Solitudenoun

a state of social isolation

Silenceverb

(transitive) To suppress criticism, etc.

‘Silence the critics.’; ‘Silence the doubters.’;

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Solitudenoun

a solitary place

Silenceverb

(molecular biology) To block gene expression.

Solitudenoun

a disposition toward being alone

Silenceverb

(euphemistic) To murder.

Solitude

Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the situation.

Silenceinterjection

(imperative) Be silent.

‘Silence! Enough of your insolence!’;

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Silencenoun

The state of being silent; entire absence of sound or noise; absolute stillness.

‘I saw and heared; for such a numerous hostFled not in silence through the frighted deep.’;

Silencenoun

Forbearance from, or absence of, speech; taciturnity; muteness.

Silencenoun

Secrecy; as, these things were transacted in silence.

‘The administration itself keeps a profound silence.’;

Silencenoun

The cessation of rage, agitation, or tumilt; calmness; quiest; as, the elements were reduced to silence.

Silencenoun

Absence of mention; oblivion.

‘And what most merits fame, in silence hid.’;

Silenceinterjection

Be silent; - used elliptically for let there be silence, or keep silence.

Silenceverb

To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.

‘Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle.’;

Silenceverb

To put to rest; to quiet.

‘This would silence all further opposition.’; ‘These would have silenced their scruples.’;

Silenceverb

To restrain from the exercise of any function, privilege of instruction, or the like, especially from the act of preaching; as, to silence a minister of the gospel.

‘The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity.’;

Silenceverb

To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.

Silencenoun

the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking);

‘there was a shocked silence’; ‘he gestured for silence’;

Silencenoun

the absence of sound;

‘he needed silence in order to sleep’; ‘the street was quiet’;

Silencenoun

a refusal to speak when expected;

‘his silence about my contribution was surprising’;

Silencenoun

the trait of keeping things secret

Silenceverb

cause to be quiet or not talk;

‘Please silence the children in the church!’;

Silenceverb

keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure;

‘All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power’;

Silence

Silence is the absence of ambient audible sound, the emission of sounds of such low intensity that they do not draw attention to themselves, or the state of having ceased to produce sounds; this latter sense can be extended to apply to the cessation or absence of any form of communication, whether through speech or other medium.Sometimes speakers fall silent when they hesitate in searching for a word, or interrupt themselves before correcting themselves. Discourse analysis shows that people use brief silences to mark the boundaries of prosodic units, in turn-taking, or as reactive tokens, e.g., as a sign of displeasure, disagreement, embarrassment, desire to think, confusion, and the like.

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