- the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation.
- Scots Law. the relinquishing of a legal right through an unduly long delay, as by the silence of the creditor.
Origin of taciturnity
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Examples from the Web for taciturnity
Their taciturnity and irrisibility however, are confined to their sober hours.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Razumov's taciturnity only excited her to a quicker, more voluble utterance.
They greeted me with their usual friendliness, but I could not help noticing their taciturnity.
Colonel Feraud's taciturnity was the outcome of concentrated rage.A Set of Six
His taciturnity was as eloquent as the repeated warning of the slave of the feast.The Rescue
Word Origin and History for taciturnity
mid-15c., from Middle French taciturnité, from Latin taciturnitatem (nominative taciturnitas) "a being or keeping silent," from taciturnus "disposed to be silent," from tacitus "silent" (see tacit).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper