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Silence, vb. to put to silence; 1) to oblige to hold the peace, to restrain from speaking: Meas. V, 181. As I, 2, 95. H8 III, 2, 447. Cor. I, 9, 23. II, 1, 263. Tim. II, 1, 17. Mcb. I, 3, 93. Refl.: “I'll s. me even here,” Hml. III, 4, 4 (== I'll say no more about it, though I could say much. Polonius' last words. Most M. Edd. sconce). 2) to stop in sounding: “s. that bell,” Oth. II, 3, 175. 3) to appease: “s. those whom this vile brawl distracted,” Oth. II, 3, 256. 4) to put under restraint, to restrain from liberty (euphemistically): “in your power soft --ing your son,” H4B V, 2, 97. “the ambassador is --d;” H8 I, 1, 97. cf. put to s. in Caes. I, 2, 290.
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