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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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin taciturnitās, equivalent to taciturn(us) taciturn + -itās -ity
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  • One learns taciturnity best among people who have none, and loquacity among the taciturn.
  • All the taciturnity of a few days before had disappeared, and he.
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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