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taciturnity

[tas-i-tur-ni-tee] /ˌtæs ɪˈtɜr nɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation.
2.
Scots Law. the relinquishing of a legal right through an unduly long delay, as by the silence of the creditor.
Origin of taciturnity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin taciturnitās, equivalent to taciturn(us) taciturn + -itās -ity
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  • 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.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • They greeted me with their usual friendliness, but I could not help noticing their taciturnity.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Colonel Feraud's taciturnity was the outcome of concentrated rage.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • His taciturnity was as eloquent as the repeated warning of the slave of the feast.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Dominic, too, devoted himself to his business, but his taciturnity was sardonic.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • If the priest perceived these new signs of taciturnity, he ignored them.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • Not that appetite failed him; indeed, he ate the more for his taciturnity.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • His taciturnity on this particular day was a thing beyond any experience with it she had yet had.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • During their walk she did not attempt to invade his taciturnity.

Word Origin and History for taciturnity
n.

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
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