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Today's Word "reticent"

Inclined to keep silent on

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reticent \RET-ih-suhnt\ (adjective) - 1 : Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative. 2 : Restrained or reserved in style. 3 : Reluctant; unwilling.

"But poor Harry little knew the difficulty of reticence when the heart is full. He had intended to be very reticent when he came up to London..." -- Anthony Trollope, 'Mr. Scarborough's Family'

 

Reticent comes from the present participle of Latin reticere, "to keep silent," from re- + tacere, "to be silent."

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