Quiet, Quite


Quiet, Quite

The opposite of quiet is disquiet.

Quiet means silence, no sound, not noisy, not loud. An adjective, its superlatives are quiet, quieter, and quietest.

Children, please keep quiet, said the teacher!

Another meaning of quiet refers to without excitement, activity, interruption (After a hectic schedule in politics, he is leading a quiet life in the woods.); gentle disposition (Queen Elizabeth has a quite disposition).

As quiet as a mouse means making very little sound: he entered into the house as quite as a mouse and…

Quiet as a noun refers to state of quietness, tranquility.

I like the quiet of the countryside.

Quiet as a verb refers to making or becoming quiet: it is quiet a frightened horse.

Rani Khola and Ray Khola are two streams that gush down from the upper reaches of Sikkim in India adding natural background music to the quiet vicinities of Gangtok.

Derivatives of quiet: quietly, quietness, quieten (verb: become less noisy, quieten a screaming baby, quieten also refers to calm, quieten somebody’s fears), quietude (noun, stillness or calm).

Quietism is a form of religious devotion based on calm and passive acceptance of life and abandonment of desires). Quietist is the one who practices quietism.

“Around the world, spiritual journeys take many forms. They can be to a river, a mountain, a mosque, a cathedral, a wall, or simply to a quiet place in our hearts.” National Geographic’s Special Edition on Earth’s Holiest Places: Sacred Journeys

“His (Joginder Paul the short story writer) expression is succinct and soothing, his message, unsettling, disquieting.”  -The Hindu 31-08.2013

Quite: Quite is an adverb (used especially with adjectives or adverbs referring to a gradable quality, acts as intensifier of strengths and weakness) which means to some extent, not very, fairly: quite big, quite small, quite interesting, quiet awful, etc.

Quiet is also used an absolute measure such as completely, entirely, wholly.

The bottle is quiet empty, he is quiet unique,

In spite of having dinner an hour ago, he is not sure whether he is quite full or not.

Quite a lot, quiet a few, quite the rage (extremely popular – denim trousers have been quite the rage for a long time.) are the idioms.

“Career growth and work-life balance are the two most important factors for the under-30s or Generation Y, who constitute one third of the Indian workforce, quite different from the older generations that placed emphasis on loyalty, job security or rewards.” The Times of India 24 August 2013.

“Our continuing inability to distinguish between the “modern” and the “Western” is surely the cause of some of our grief. If we could only accept that a great deal of modern Western culture is no longer the property of the West but a universal, critical way of thinking which belongs to all rational, civilized human beings, we would not quite suffer as much.” India Unbound by Gurucharan Das

He asked, “Shall we have a quiet meal tonight?”

“I have quite a lot of things to do,” she answered.

You can quite quietly search for quietness in life: look around!