reticence

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From Middle French réticence, from Latin reticentia, from reticēre

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reticence (countable and uncountable, plural reticences)

  1. tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
  2. a silent and reserved nature

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  • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray:
    Basil's absurd fits of jealousy, his wild devotion, his extravagant panegyrics, his curious reticences, — he understood them all now, and he felt sorry.
  • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula:
    You must not be angry with him, Art, because his very reticence means that all his brains are working for her good.

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