See also: réticence
- 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.
- 2003, Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor:
- Any reticence or wariness I felt for the Professor vanished the moment I saw him with my son, and from that point on I trusted him completely.
- 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.
- reserve, secrecy, taciturnity
- bashfulness, demureness, diffidence, quietness, reservation, shyness, timidity
the avoidance of saying too much
a silent nature