- the state of being reticent, or reserved, especially with regard to speaking freely; restraint: His natural reticence seemed to disappear under the influence of alcohol.
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Examples from the Web for reticence
But there's a reticence to discuss or consider such acts of violence committed by women as legitimate.Should Twitter Suspend LGBT Engineer Accused Of Raping Her Wife?
October 8, 2014
Her reticence is not uncommon among online supporters of Officer Wilson.Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Has a Serious Online Fan Club
August 19, 2014
Our reticence to state the obvious but unproven may be understandable, and even prudent, but it is not helpful.Our Ruling Ideology Is Denial
May 12, 2014
This reticence—this reserve—suits Beck's voice and personality much better than the confessional self-consciousness of Sea Change.The Last Great Singer-Songwriter Album
February 21, 2014
It was natural that reticence would appear in their literature.Boys Don’t Cry: In Praise of Sentiment
Andrew Sean Greer
June 26, 2013
In his reticence he had the sense of atoning not only to the apparition but to Miss Hernshaw too.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
In no duty towards others is there more need of reticence and self-restraint.The Republic
The young man had no conversation, and his reticence was quite embarrassing.The Christian
After all, Audrey had stated her case a little vaguely—there was a reticence as to details.Audrey Craven
Now I understand Mr. Briggs' civility, the tradesmen's reticence.
Word Origin and History for reticence
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