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reticence, reticent - vocabulary

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Reticence: the quality of habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.


Reticent: disposed to be silent or reserved.

Ted had come down from the University for the week-end. Though he no longer spoke of mechanical engineering and though he was reticent about his opinion of his instructors, he seemed no more reconciled to college, and his chief interest was his wireless telephone set.

—Sinclair Lewis Babbitt (1922)

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