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Friday, October 15, 1999

Definitions for reticent

  1. Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
  2. Restrained or reserved in style.
  3. Reluctant; unwilling.

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Citations for reticent
His wispy eyebrows sit above eyes undimmed by more than forty years of serious scholarship; a tight-lipped smile suggests that there are many things he will not say about himself or his accomplishments. Indeed, he is almost painfully reticent about what most scholars now consider to be a monumental achievement in the field. Marc K. Stengel, The Atlantic
Within a circle of intimate friends, he's a very sociable person, says Russell Banks, another novelist, who has known Auster since 1977. "Outside of that circle, he's fairly shy and reticent." , New York Times
Origin of reticent
Reticent comes from the present participle of Latin reticere, "to keep silent," from re- + tacere, "to be silent."