reticent


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ret·i·cent

 (rĕt′ĭ-sənt)
adj.
1. Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself. See Synonyms at laconic.
2. Restrained or reserved: "The laughter was steady, if reticent" (Bernard Lown).
3. Usage Problem Reluctant; unwilling.

[Latin reticēns, reticent-, present participle of reticēre, to keep silent : re-, re- + tacēre, to be silent.]

ret′i·cence (-səns) adv.
ret′i·cent·ly adv.
Usage Note: Reticent is generally used to indicate a reluctance to speak. Most commentators on usage have criticized its extended use as an all-purpose synonym for reluctant. In our 2001 survey, 83 percent of the Panel found unacceptable the sentence A lot of out-of-towners are reticent to come to the Twin Cities for a ballgame if there's a chance the game will be rained out.

reticent

(ˈrɛtɪsənt)
adj
not open or communicative; not saying all that one knows; taciturn; reserved
[C19: from Latin reticēre to keep silent, from re- + tacēre to be silent]
ˈreticence n
ˈreticently adv

ret•i•cent

(ˈrɛt ə sənt)

adj.
1. disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
2. restrained, as in style or appearance.
[1825–35; < Latin reticent-, s. of reticēns, present participle of reticēre to keep silent =re- re- + -ticēre, comb. form of tacēre to be silent; see -ent]
ret′i•cence, ret′i•cen•cy, n.
ret′i•cent•ly, adv.

reticent

- Based on Latin tacere, "be silent," combined with re-, an intensive prefix.
See also related terms for silent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.reticent - temperamentally disinclined to talkreticent - temperamentally disinclined to talk
taciturn - habitually reserved and uncommunicative
2.reticent - cool and formal in mannerreticent - cool and formal in manner    
undemonstrative - not given to open expression of emotion
3.reticent - reluctant to draw attention to yourself
unassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence; "a shy unassertive person"

reticent

reticent

adjective
Translations

reticent

[ˈretɪsənt] ADJreticente, reservado
he has been very reticent about itha tratado el asunto con la mayor reserva

reticent

[ˈrɛtɪsənt] adjréticent(e)
reticent about sth → réticent(e) à parler de qch

reticent

adjzurückhaltend; to be reticent about somethingin Bezug auf etw (acc)nicht sehr gesprächig sein

reticent

[ˈrɛtɪsnt] adjreticente, riservato/a
References in classic literature ?
He was forty years old, and by his nature very silent and reticent.
She was quick at understanding the grandmothers who spoke no English, and the most reticent and distrustful of them would tell her their story without realizing they were doing so.
He immediately began to talk to Drummle: not at all deterred by his replying in his heavy reticent way, but apparently led on by it to screw discourse out of him.
The reticent expression of the coachmen sent a tremor through him.
But, in short, it is very manifest that he had one alone whom he made mistress of his will, to whom he commended himself very frequently and very secretly, for he prided himself on being a reticent knight.
Upon the point of their purpose in visiting the place Condon found the boy reticent, and so he did not push the matter--he had learned all that he cared to know as it was.
4 May--I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat reticent, and pretended that he could not understand my German.
I found Montgomery very reticent about his purpose with these creatures, and about his destination; and though I was sensible of a growing curiosity as to both, I did not press him.
Why should she have been so reticent at the time of the tragedy.
The witticism which will inspire this evening is as yet in Mr Todd's pretty reticent intellect, or locked in the jewelled bosoms of our city's gayest leaders; but there is talk of a pretty parody of the simple manners and customs at the other end of Society's scale.
Miss Bartlett looked surprised, and said that she had not read the book, nor known that it was published; Eleanor was a reticent woman at heart.
She had told him she was not now at Marlott, but had been curiously reticent as to her actual address, and the only course was to go to Marlott and inquire for it.