taciturnity

[tas-i-tur-ni-tee]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin taciturnitās, equivalent to taciturn(us) taciturn + -itās -ity

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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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taciturnity
mid-15c., from M.Fr. taciturnité, from L. taciturnitatem (nom. taciturnitas) "a being or keeping silent," from taciturnus "disposed to be silent," from tacitus "silent" (see tacit).
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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.
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