taciturn

[tas-i-turn]
adjective
1.
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
2.
dour, stern, and silent in expression and manner.

Origin:
1765–75; < Latin taciturnus, quiet, maintaining silence, equivalent to tacit(us) silent (see tacit) + -urnus adj. suffix of time

taciturnly, adverb
untaciturn, adjective
untaciturnly, adverb


1. silent, uncommunicative, reticent, quiet.
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taciturn (ˈtæsɪˌtɜːn)
 
adj
habitually silent, reserved, or uncommunicative; not inclined to conversation
 
[C18: from Latin taciturnus, from tacitus silent, from tacēre to be silent]
 
taci'turnity
 
n
 
'taciturnly
 
adv

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taciturn
"habitually silent," 1771, back formation from taciturnity.
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Example sentences
Ridgway, however taciturn in temperament, was also courageous and fair-minded.
One learns taciturnity best among people who have none, and loquacity among the taciturn.
Taciturn, they got a lot of press out of it according to their website.
He was as grave and taciturn as some cave-keeping anchorite.
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