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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.
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Adv.1.taciturnly - without speaking; "he sat mutely next to her"
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* Normally chipper UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon begins using the word "demand" rather taciturnly in his calls for peace.
"People are busy," replies Comrade Li taciturnly. Almost everywhere we go, ordinary Koreans seem to have vanished.