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 ?
Blanche Ingram, after having repelled, by supercilious taciturnity, some efforts of Mrs.
And then, what shall we say of Gasabal, the squire of Galaor, who was so silent that in order to indicate to us the greatness of his marvellous taciturnity his name is only once mentioned in the whole of that history, as long as it is truthful?
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.
The band of silver paleness along the east horizon made even the distant parts of the Great Plain appear dark and near; and the whole enormous landscape bore that impress of reserve, taciturnity, and hesitation which is usual just before day.
Every one in Starkfield knew him and gave him a greeting tempered to his own grave mien; but his taciturnity was respected and it was only on rare occasions that one of the older men of the place detained him for a word.
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.
In contrast to his former reticent taciturnity Prince Andrew now seemed excited.
The captain's natural taciturnity he distorted into a studied attempt to insult him because of his past shortcomings.
No soone had they ridden out of sight of Captain Gerard and his men than he lapsed once more into his accustomed taciturnity.