Origin of reticencefrom French or L: French réticence from Classical Latin reticentia
Cynthia's usual reticence at the office melted away when everyone congratulated her on her recent promotion.
An example of reticence is a person sitting in a corner not engaging with anyone at a dinner party.
(countable and uncountable, plural reticences)
From Latin reticentia, from reticÄ“re
- Frederick turned his head away to gaze outside the coach; the rictus on his face explained his reticence to speak.
- The queen was privately opposed to Gladstone's Home Rule policy; but she observed in public a constitutional reticence on the subject.
- He has left us two detailed accounts of the proceedings of the council of St Basle; and, despite his reticence, it is impossible to doubt that he was the moving spirit in Arnulf's deposition.
- Although written in the style of the historical books of the old Testament, the work is characterized by a religious reticence which avoids even the use of the divine name, and by the virtual absence of the Messianic hope.
- While he knew he'd have to speak to Corday sooner or later, he hoped to first learn the reason for his wife's reticence about discussing the ice park fall.