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Silences

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Tillie Olsen's landmark essay “Silences,” which first appeared in Harper's Magazine in 1965, set up one of the most important intellectual constructs of literary feminism of the 1960s and ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... Silence gives consent A saying, common to many languages, founded on the old Latin legal maxim: Qui tacet consentire videtur (‘whoever is silent is held to consent’). Silence is golden See speech is silver, silence is golden . Amyclaean silence See under amyclaean . Argument of silence, The See under argue . Deafening silence See under deaf . Man of Silence See napoleon iii . Rest is silence, The See under rest . Towers of Silence See under tower . Two-minute silence See under two...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Language reference
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32 words

... silence a conspiracy of silence : see conspiracy . silence is golden it’s often wise to say nothing. proverb 🅘 The fuller form of the saying is speech is silver, but silence is golden ...

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Anne Button

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

... , a country justice, is Shallow’s friend in 2 Henry IV . Anne...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
80 words

...silence [ME] Both silence and silent [LME] came from Latin silere , ‘to be silent’. The fuller form of silence is golden is speech is silver but silence is golden . Both are recorded from the 19th century. Originally the silent majority [L19th] were the dead. In the 20th century they became those who hold moderate opinions but rarely express them. Richard Nixon brought the phrase to prominence by claiming to speak for this section of society in his 1968 presidential...

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R. B. Rutherford

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
Length:
304 words

... Narrators, dramatists, and orators know that there are times when silence is far more effective than the most powerful speech. Only a brief selection can be attempted. The chief motives for silence in Greek epic and drama are intense grief (compare Job 2: 10–3: 1), deep anger, or some other form of emotional distress (including passionate love). Examples are Homer , Il. 1. 511 ff. ( Zeus ), Od. 11. 563 ff. ( Ajax ), the latter imitated by Verg. Aen. 6. 469 ff. ( Dido ); Aesch. Agam. 1035 ff. (the role of Cassandra ), paralleled in the lost ...

Silence

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Erin Bradfield

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
Length:
3,205 words
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...cultural expectation; silence as a precondition for response; silence that is itself a form of art; and marginalization and censorship as forms of silencing. It goes on to explore the more complicated and interesting senses of silence and silencing related to Kant and Wittgenstein: silence that is full of cognitive meaning; wing clipping as a form of silencing; silencing related to meaning in use; and silence and silencing related to community formation and maintenance. Silence as a Matter of Convention, Tradition, or Decorum. The initial conditions of cognitive...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
490 words

... Silence Silence is the virtue of fools. Francis Bacon 1561 – 1626 English lawyer , courtier , philosopher , and essayist De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum (1623) bk. 6, ch. 3, pt. 3 ‘The Antitheta of Things’ no. 31 (tr. Gilbert Watts, 1640) silence is the virtue virtue of fools virtue of fools Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time. Thomas Carlyle 1795 – 1881 Scottish historian and political philosopher Critical and Miscellaneous...

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Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
19 words

... US frequency (2010): 351 English (London): variant of Sellings , itself a variant of Selling , with post-medieval excrescent -s...

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Australian Law Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
Subject:
Law
Length:
305 words

...silence (right of) The common law right of any citizen, particularly a suspect, not to answer questions asked by investigating officials at the pretrial investigative stage. Also, in court, the right of an accused person not to give any evidence as a witness at his or her trial . Also refers to the general privilege against self-incrimination . Where the right to silence has been abrogated by statute , various types of immunities prevent the answers of compelled witnesses from being used against them in later legal proceedings. In all jurisdictions...

radar silence

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

...silence an imposed discipline prohibiting the transmission by radar of electromagnetic signals on some or all...

radio silence

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

...silence a condition in which all or certain radio equipment and/or specified frequency bands are kept...

Silence Dogood

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Adelaide P. Amore

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
189 words

... Dogood ( 1706–1790 ), pseudonym for Benjamin Franklin , writer, printer, inventor, patriot, and statesman. In 1722 , at the age of sixteen, Benjamin Franklin began his professional writing in his brother's Boston-based newspaper, The New England Courant . Fearing that his work might not be accepted, he submitted his essays under the guise of an opinionated Boston widow, adopting the pseudonym Silence Dogood . Through his feminine persona he provided his readers with fourteen witty, opinionated views on the contemporary Boston scene. Silence Dogood...

Amyclaean silence

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

...silence Amyclae in the south of Sparta was so often alarmed by false rumours of the approach of the spartans that a decree was issued forbidding mention of the subject. When the Spartans actually came, no one dared give warning and the town was taken. Hence the proverb ‘to be more silent than Amyclae’. castor and pollux were born in Amyclae and are hence sometimes called the Amyclaean brothers. The town itself was said to be ruled by the mythical...

Roman de silence

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
100 words

...de silence Eccentric and marginal late-13th-century Arthurian *romance in OFr., by the otherwise unknown Heldris de Cornualle. The heroine, Silence, is brought up as a boy to circumvent new laws prohibiting women from inheriting property. Squabbled over in allegorical debates between Nature and Nurture, she has a successful career as a *knight before her sex is revealed by none other than *Merlin . Long neglected by modern scholars, the Roman de silence has increasingly received critical attention because of its unusual approach to *gender and...

cone of silence

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

...of silence an inverted cone-shaped space directly over the aerial towers of some forms of radio beacons in which signals are unheard or greatly reduced in...

Roman de Silence

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,676 words

...Silence not to listen to Nature if Silence wishes to inherit. Silence then considers the advantages of being a man rather than a woman—in bed and in the world—where honor endows men more generously than it does women (ll. 2632–2656). Although Nurture seems to win this round of the debate, Nature returns at the end of the poem to reclaim Silence to her “true” nature. After Merlin reveals Silence's “true” gender, the English king restores women's right to inherit. Enter Nature to “remove / everything masculine about her” (ll. 6672–6673). Silence is...

theatre of silence

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
84 words

...of silence Also called ‘theatre of the unexpressed’. Term applied to a group of French writers of the 1920s, led by Gaston Baty , Jean-Jacques Bernard and Denys Amiel ( 1884–1977 ), who rejected traditional ‘literary’ theatre to emphasize, like Maurice Maeterlinck , a ‘hidden’ dialogue behind the spoken words. Chekhov was a precursor of those who exploited silence. Enlisted later were Beckett and Pinter , whose The Caretaker ( 1960 ) contains 143 pauses. Marvin Carlson See also subtext . M. Daniels , The French Drama of the Unspoken ...

spiral of silence

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
54 words

...of silence The theory that media reports of public opinion tend to reflect the majority view, since those in the minority tend to be less vocal, expressing their opinions only when they seem consonant with those of the majority. In a spiral process, media coverage reinforces the majority view. ...

Silence, Theatre of

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
95 words

..., Theatre of , term used for plays which, like those of Maeterlinck , who is regarded as the founder of the genre, and particularly of J.-J. Bernard , are important as much for what they omit from their dialogue as for what they actually say—a theatre, in fact, of pregnant pauses, during which the imagination of the audience supplies the missing ingredient, which is not only unexpressed but perhaps cannot be expressed in words. Hence the French term for this type of play, le théâtre de l'inexprimé . It is also known as the theatre of l'école...

zone of silence

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A Dictionary of Weather (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2023

...of silence A region around a sound source (e.g. a volcanic explosion) in which none of the sound is audible. Its inner boundary is the limit of surface-propagated sound, and the outer is the distance at which sound waves refracted in the upper atmosphere reach the ground. These boundaries are very approximately 100 and 200 km, respectively, from the source, but differ considerably depending on the atmosphere's temperature (and hence density) profile. They are also often far from circular, and may be affected by local...

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