taciturnity


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tac·i·turn

 (tăs′ĭ-tûrn′)
adj.
1. Habitually untalkative. See Synonyms at laconic.
2. Characterized by reserve or a lack of expression: "Beneath his taciturn exterior was an optimist" (Buzz Bizzinger).

[French taciturne, from Old French, from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus, silent; see tacit.]

tac′i·tur′ni·ty (-tûr′nĭ-tē) n.
tac′i·turn·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taciturnity - the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
uncommunicativeness - the trait of being uncommunicative

taciturnity

noun
The keeping of one's thoughts and emotions to oneself:
Translations
zwijgzaamheid

taciturnity

[ˌtæsɪˈtɜːnɪtɪ] Ntaciturnidad f

taciturnity

taciturnity

[ˌtæsɪˈtɜːnɪtɪ] nl'essere taciturno, carattere m taciturno
References in classic literature ?
I left him the last word, and sought refuge in a shrug of the shoulders and taciturnity.
Perhaps his taciturnity hid a contempt for the human race which had abandoned the great dreams of his youth and now wallowed in sluggish ease; or perhaps these thirty years of revolution had taught him that men are unfit for liberty, and he thought that he had spent his life in the pursuit of that which was not worth the finding.
Here I question not but the reader will be surprized at our long taciturnity as to this matter; and quite at a loss to divine who this woman was, since we have hitherto not dropt a hint of any one likely to be a rival to Sophia; for as to Mrs Blifil, though we have been obliged to mention some suspicions of her affection for Tom, we have not hitherto given the least latitude for imagining that he had any for her; and, indeed, I am sorry to say it, but the youth of both sexes are too apt to be deficient in their gratitude for that regard with which persons more advanced in years are sometimes so kind to honour them.
The captain's natural taciturnity he distorted into a studied attempt to insult him because of his past shortcomings.
His companion seemed to have abandoned, for the time at any rate, his habit of taciturnity.
In any case, a spirit of taciturnity took sudden possession of her--she was silent.
Dunster nodded and relapsed into a taciturnity which was obviously one of his peculiarities.
And the German, roused from his taciturnity, turned to Vronsky.
Blanche Ingram, after having repelled, by supercilious taciturnity, some efforts of Mrs.
But the obstinate Canadian refused, and I saw that his taciturnity and his bad humour grew day by day.
In proportion as they left the point of danger behind them, they relaxed in their rigid and anxious taciturnity, and began to joke at the expense of their enemy; whom they pictured to themselves mousing in the neighborhood of their deserted fire, waiting for the proper time of attack, and preparing for a grand disappointment.
Dominic, too, devoted himself to his business, but his taciturnity was sardonic.