Commentary: NP1[+/-agent] (NP2)
They trashed and silenced the dissenters in their own ranks.
The elderly driver even silenced the children rudely when they were
Harry silenced Peeves with langlock.
Alpha blogger silenced himself.
He tolerated no dissent, and if dissent came, he silenced it with a
gun or knife.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2