taire

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Middle French taire, from Old French taisir, from Latin tacēre, present active infinitive of taceō.

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taire

  1. (transitive) to quieten, to shut up, to silence
    Faites taire vos enfants!
    Shut your children up!
  2. (reflexive, se taire) to shut up, to fall silent
    Tais-toi!
    Shut up!
    • 1837, Louis Viardot, L’Ingénieux Hidalgo Don Quichotte de la Manchefr.Wikisource, translation of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Volume I, Chapter XXIX:
      Elle se tut en achevant ces paroles, et la rougeur qui couvrit alors son visage fit clairement connaître les regrets et la confusion dont son âme était remplie.
      She fell silent on finishing these words, and the redness splashed across her face made perfectly clear the regrets and confusion which filled up her soul.

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