American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state or quality of being reticent; reserve.
- n. The state or quality of being reluctant; unwillingness.
- n. An instance of being reticent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fact or character of being reticent; a disposition to keep, or the keeping of, one's own counsel; the state of being silent; reservation of one's thoughts or opinions.
- n. In rhetoric, aposiopesis. Synonyms Reserve, taciturnity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being reticent, or keeping silence; the state of holding one's tonque; refraining to speak of that which is suggested; uncommunicativeness.
- n. (Rhet.) A figure by which a person really speaks of a thing while he makes a show as if he would say nothingon the subject.
- n. the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
- From Latin reticentia, from reticēre (Wiktionary)
“Humphrey is particularly eloquent in speaking of that root among our other sins of helplessness which he calls reticence.”
“That which we call reticence is more frequently an inability than an unwillingness to express itself.”
“This reticence is understandable when one sees the way politicians use faith, or religions play the game of politics.”
“The main reason for my reticence is that the legal and tax reviews of the entire transaction required by the basic agreement have not yet been completed.”
“Although the final results arise from the proceedings made by the lower electoral structures, we maintain reticence towards the correctness of some figures:”
“It's a dangerous, dramatic story, told with sombre reticence from the point of view of an inarticulate character no more able to analyse the forces that manipulate him than the clever 16-year-old boy (in "The Pearl Fishers"), at an Irish Catholic school in the 60s, being "groomed" by the priests in ways he hardly understands.”
“You know my reticence is for an entirely different reason.”
“The main reason for that reticence is that European public opinion strongly favors doing nothing.”
“In my opinion, J.J. Abrams 'reticence translates into "Paramount hasn't offered me enough money and gross/backend for me to agree to this yet.”
“Isolation and reticence is not good foreign policy (No sarcasm).”
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