Shush vs Silence – What’s the difference?

Shush vs Silence - What's the difference?
Shush is a related term of silence. As verbs the difference between shush and silence is that shush is (onomatopoeia|intransitive) to be quiet; to keep quiet while silence is to make (someone or something) silent. As a noun silence is the lack of any sound. As an interjection silence is a common imperative instructing the addressed to remain silent.




  • (onomatopoeia) To be quiet; to keep quiet.
  • He wouldn’t shush so I kicked him.
  • (onomatopoeia, transitive, or, intransitive) To ask someone to be quiet, especially by saying (m).
  • The boy in front of us was making too much noise, so we shushed him.

    See also

    * (l)




    (wikipedia silence )

  • The lack of any sound.
  • The act of refraining from speaking.
  • *
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    , passage=Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence , and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.}}

  • * D. Webster
  • The administration itself keeps a profound silence .
  • Form of meditative worship practiced by the Society of Friends (Quakers); meeting for worship.
  • Synonyms

    * quietness

    Derived terms

    * blue wall of silence
    * cone of silence
    * conspiracy of silence
    * deafening silence
    * moment of silence
    * radio silence
    * silence is golden
    * tower of silence
    * two-minute silence
    * vow of silence
    * wall of silence



  • To make (someone or something) silent.
  • Can you silence the crowd, so we can start the show?
  • To suppress criticism, etc.
  • Silence the critics.
    Silence the doubters.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011
    , date=December 19
    , author=Kerry Brown
    , title=Kim Jong-il obituary
    , work=The Guardian
    , page=
    , passage=A state ideology, mixing nationalism, and basic Marxist economics, going under the name “Juche”, was constructed, and Kim Il-sung effectively silenced , disposed of and cleared away any opposition, isolating the country and exercising an iron grip on the military, the state media and the government and party organs.}}

  • (Molecular biology) To block gene expression.
  • Derived terms

    * silencer

    See also

    * quiet, noise, loud, deaf, audible.


    (en interjection )

  • A common imperative instructing the addressed to remain silent.
  • * Silence ! Enough of your insolence!
  • Synonyms

    * be quiet!
    * hush!
    * whist!




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