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taciturnity

[tas-i-tur-ni-tee]
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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.
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Origin of taciturnity

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin taciturnitās, equivalent to taciturn(us) taciturn + -itās -ity
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Examples from the Web for taciturnity

Historical Examples

  • 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


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).

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