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Saturday, May 30, 2009

taciturn

\TAS-uh-turn\ , adjective;
1.
Habitually silent; not inclined to talk.
Quotes:
On stage she seemed to become transformed, and the contrast was even more noticeable given her shy, taciturn character, shrouded in the impalpable veil of gloom that always surrounded her.
-- Pino Cacucci, Tina Modotti: A Life
A balding, stocky, taciturn man who wore glasses, he gave an impression of distance and seriousness.
-- "Diana's Driver: Unsettling Piece in a Puzzle", New York Times, September 21, 1997
In the company of even his close literary and political friends he was shy if not taciturn.
-- "Passionate voice of the press", Irish Times, November 4, 1997
Origin:
Taciturn comes from Latin taciturnus, from tacere, "to be silent."
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