, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Silenced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Silencing (?).] 1. To compel to silence; to cause to be still; to still; to hush.
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Silence that dreadful bell; it frights the isle.
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2. To put to rest; to quiet.
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This would silence all further opposition.
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These would have silenced their scruples.
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3. 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.
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The Rev. Thomas Hooker of Chelmsford, in Essex, was silenced for nonconformity.
B. Trumbull.
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4. To cause to cease firing, as by a vigorous cannonade; as, to silence the batteries of an enemy.
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