Meaning of quietus

qui•e•tus

Pronunciation: (kwī-ē'tus), [key]
— pl. -tus•es.
  1. a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles: Having given a quietus to the argument, she left.
  2. discharge or release from life.
  3. a period of retirement or inactivity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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