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/ˈrɛt ə səns/
the state of being
, or reserved, especially with regard to speaking freely; restraint:
His natural reticence seemed to disappear under the influence of alcohol.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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All my instincts run toward
, to protecting my family from invasions of our private space.
could reflect fears of copycat crimes, or simply the old habit of burying news during big events.
Both parties are deservedly upbraided for their
on exactly how to cut the fiscal deficit.
partly reflects fears about consumer unease and unwelcome attention from regulators.
But that does not explain their in-flight
At this point, environmentalists shift to arguing that the economist's
plays an outright pernicious role.
But he understands the
others may have in contemplating a return.
Given his family's general
, he had much to tell.
Most of it is hidden, withheld by custom,
and the cultural habits of gender pride.
by some big media companies is making room for independent programmers to explore all sorts of niches.
Word Origin and History for
c.1600, from Fr.
, from L.
"keep silent," from
, intensive prefix, +
"be silent" (see
). "Not in common use until after 1830" [OED].
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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