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[tas-i-tur-ni-tee] /ˌtæs ɪˈtɜr nɪ ti/
the state or quality of being reserved or reticent in conversation.
Scots Law. the relinquishing of a legal right through an unduly long delay, as by the silence of the creditor.
Origin of taciturnity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin taciturnitās, equivalent to taciturn(us) taciturn + -itās -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From taciturnity he sank into silence, from quiet into lethargy.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • His taciturnity on this particular day was a thing beyond any experience with it she had yet had.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • Has he committed some remorseful crime, or is his taciturnity due merely to his natural Scotchness?

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • During their walk she did not attempt to invade his taciturnity.

  • Some quaint instances are recorded of the taciturnity for which he was also noted.

  • Their taciturnity and irrisibility however, are confined to their sober hours.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • taciturnity becomes habitual to men accustomed to vast solitudes.

  • Colonel Feraud's taciturnity was the outcome of concentrated rage.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Such a tide of enthusiasm was sweeping the other along, though, that his host's detachment and taciturnity went unobserved.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • His taciturnity was as eloquent as the repeated warning of the slave of the feast.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
Word Origin and History for taciturnity

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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