taciturnity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n taciturnity the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Taciturnity Habitual silence, or reserve in speaking. "The cause of Addison's taciturnity was a natural diffidence in the company of strangers.""The taciturnity and the short answers which gave so much offense."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n taciturnity The state or character of being taciturn; paucity of speech; disinclination to talk.
    • n taciturnity In Scots law, a mode of extinguishing an obligation (in a shorter period than by the forty years' prescription) by the silence of the creditor, and the presumption that, in the relative situations of himself and the debtor, he would not have been so long silent had not the obligation been satisfied.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Taciturnity habitual silence: reserve in speaking
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Quotations

  • Paul Klee
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    “Nature is garrulous to the point of confusion, let the artist be truly taciturn.”
  • Robert Burns
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    “Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. taciturnitas,: cf. F. taciturnité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tacitus, pa.p. of tacēre, to be silent.

Usage

In literature:

She was no longer peevish, irascible, reproachful; but taciturn and thoughtful.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Madam, by nature I am a taciturn man; Silent John I am named by my friends.
"First Plays" by A. A. Milne
Richard was very polite; she cold, taciturn, observant.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
The prince encouraged conversation, though himself inclined to taciturnity.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
Gloomy, taciturn, easily moved to suspicion, and difficult to convince of error, Louis XIII.
"The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series" by Rafael Sabatini
He was taciturn, however, seemed very self-possessed and made no efforts to gain friends.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
If so, it was Greek meeting Greek, for with all his taciturnity the vicar of Shanmoor was well able to defend himself.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Janzen, for his part, was as taciturn as his friend Bache was garrulous.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Janzen, for his part, was as taciturn as his friend Bache was garrulous.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
His high spirits expressed themselves in an animation and volubility so unlike the taciturn Culbertson that many of his acquaintances stared.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
However, he proved a silent, taciturn youth, who seemed to converse with no one and to have no friends.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
Some thought him devoid of sensibility; a cold, colossal mass, intrenched in taciturnity, or enfolded in a mantle of dignity.
"Washington in Domestic Life" by Richard Rush
My Love of Solitude, Taciturnity, and particular way of Life, having raised a great Curiosity in all these Parts.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
She was a very taciturn woman and made few confidences to anyone.
"The Mystery of 31 New Inn" by R. Austin Freeman
He was the most taciturn of men, and was known not at all to any of his companions.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
This suited the taciturn mood of each that morning.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
They are not a loquacious people, taciturn rather; but eloquent, gifted when they do speak.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
Mrs. Tams, who had just descended, found her taciturn and exacting.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
They had got on together pretty well, had Si and Herbert, in a grim, taciturn, Five Towns way.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Boone remained taciturn, his clear, eagle-eye scanning the palisade, and the direction from which the savages would be most likely to come.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
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In poetry:

Brandian gli Ellenii--zappe e bipenni!
Di illustri ceneri--piene eran l'urne,
E le Olimpiadi--venian solenni
E taciturne
"Il Secolo Di Pericle" by Ferdinando Fontana
No answer comes for our prayer or curse,
No word replies though we shriek in air;
Ever the taciturn universe
Stretches unchanged for our curse or prayer.
"Life" by Madison Julius Cawein
Beautiful valley! through whose verdant meads
Unheard the Garigliano glides along;--
The Liris, nurse of rushes and of reeds,
The river taciturn of classic song.
"Monte Cassino. Terra Di Lavoro. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Within the wind, my untaught ear
The voice of Deity can hear,
And in the fleeting cloud discern
His movements, vast and taciturn;
For in the universe I trace
The wondrous grandeur of His face.
"As The Indian." by Alfred Castner King
Does some stray reminder, or the casual mention of a name, bring the
fit back upon him, taciturn and deprest?
Does he see himself reflected in me? In these hours, does he see the
face of his hours reflected?
"Hours Continuing Long" by Walt Whitman
Of Sea-Captains young or old, and the Mates—and of all intrepid
Sailors;
Of the few, very choice, taciturn, whom fate can never surprise, nor
death dismay,
Pick'd sparingly, without noise, by thee, old Ocean—chosen by
thee,
"Song For All Seas, All Ships" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The Basques , in their taciturn, ornery way, have shown an astonishing staying power.
The taciturn women of K.L.
I had expected Graham Zilla to be gruffer, more taciturn, more intimidating — more in keeping, in other words, with the vibe of ?lpha, his new EP (as Nautiluss) for Montreal's Turbo Recordings.
Gauguin , a former sailor and businessman, was taciturn, orderly and a loner.
Ough and taciturn, Gabrielle Bissonette is preparing her master's thesis on Ernest Hemingway while living alone in a cabin, hunting for her food and basking in the primal calm of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the early 1970's.
Stone Sour's Corey Taylor Discusses Flexible Nature of New Song ' Taciturn .
Taciturn Pop is ready for Game 1.
The waiter, previously friendly and good-humored, suddenly became solemn and taciturn .
John Tower has everything the well-equipped supernatural bounty hunter should possess: a square jaw, a fetching scar, a taciturn demeanor and the cash flow to fund all the tools the well-equipped vampire hunter might need.
He's much more — he's very taciturn, goes in his room all the time.
"I can't imagine these guys even have any idea of what it is," he says of the taciturn old-timers who spend their days drinking coffee around the corner at the Apollon Cafe or the Olympic Club.
A taciturn 16-year-old (Gabe Nevins) in Portland, Oregon, accidentally causes the gruesome death of a security guard and tries to deal with the psychological consequences in Gus Van Sant's 2007 adaptation of a novel by Blake Nelson.
Corey Taylor Previews 'House of Gold and Bones' Song 'Taciturn.
In The Strangest Man, Graham Farmelo offers a highly readable and sympathetic biography of the taciturn British physicist who can be said, with little exaggeration, to have invented modern theoretical physics.
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