- discharge or release from debt, obligation, or office
- discharge or release from life; death
- anything that kills
- anything that serves to quiet, curb, or end an activity
Origin of quietus; from Middle English quietus (est) ; from ML, (he is) quit ; from L, quiet
- Something that serves to suppress, check, or eliminate: “He was blindsided by a conflict in Korea that put the quietus on his China venture” (Robert L. Beisner).
- Release from life; death.
- A final discharge, as of a duty or debt.
Origin of quietusShort for Middle English quietus (est), (he is) discharged (of an obligation), from Medieval Latin qui&emacron;tus (est), from Latin, (he is) at rest; see quiet.
(usually uncountable, plural quietuses)
- A stillness or pause; something that quiets or represses; removal from activity; especially: death.
- Final settlement (as of a debt).
From Latin quiÄ“tus (“at rest").