[ tas-i-tur-ni-tee ]
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  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

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin taciturnitās, equivalent to taciturn(us) taciturn + -itās-ity

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How to use taciturnity in a sentence

  • Jean Paul Sartre rendered the idea with neat, existential taciturnity: “No Exit.”

    A Holiday Lesson from Auschwitz | Christopher Buckley | December 26, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Probably what most recommended her to the critical mind of Miss Warrender was her impassive taciturnity.

  • The man Ward must have lost some of his taciturnity, for the girl was laughing gaily at whatever he was saying.

    A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
  • His replies were perfectly ingenuous, evincing nothing of the natural taciturnity and shyness of the Indian mind.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Sergeant Newton Spooner returned to his routine duties with a grim taciturnity which did not invite conversation.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • On the subject of my uncle, the old coachman's taciturnity gave way to torrents of reproach.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill