Taciturn
Taciturn Tac"i*turn, a. [L. taciturnus: cf. F. taciturne. See {Tacit}.] Habitually silent; not given to converse; not apt to talk or speak. -- {Tac"i*turn*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Silent; reserved.

Usage: {Taciturn}, {Silent}. Silent has reference to the act; taciturn, to the habit. A man may be silent from circumstances; he is taciturn from disposition. The loquacious man is at times silent; one who is taciturn may now and then make an effort at conversation. [1913 Webster]


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  • taciturn — TACITÚRN, Ă, taciturni, e, adj. Care vorbeşte puţin, tăcut din fire, închis în sine, posac. – Din fr. taciturne, lat. taciturnus. Trimis de ana zecheru, 04.12.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  Taciturn ≠ comunicativ, flecar, guraliv, limbut, palavragiu,… …   Dicționar Român

  • taciturn — I adjective brusque, close, closemouthed, curt, dumb, guarded, habitually silent, inarticulate, laconic, mum, mute, pauciloquent, quiet, reserved, restrained, reticent, secretive, silent, sparing of words, speechless, taciturnus, uncommunicative …   Law dictionary

  • taciturn — (adj.) habitually silent, 1771, back formation from TACITURNITY (Cf. taciturnity) …   Etymology dictionary

  • taciturn — *silent, uncommunicative, reserved, reticent, secretive, close, close lipped, closemouthed, tight lipped Analogous words: *dumb, mute, inarticulate: restrained, inhibited, curbed, checked (see RESTRAIN) Antonyms: garrulous: clamorous (especially… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • taciturn — [adj] uncommunicative aloof, antisocial, brooding, clammed up*, close, closemouthed*, cold, curt, distant, dour, dried up*, dumb, laconic, mum, mute, quiet, reserved, reticent, sententious, silent, sparing, speechless, tight lipped*, unexpressive …   New thesaurus

  • taciturn — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little. DERIVATIVES taciturnity noun taciturnly adverb. ORIGIN Latin taciturnus, from tacitus silent …   English terms dictionary

  • taciturn — [tas′ə tʉrn΄] adj. [< Fr or L: Fr taciturne; L taciturnus < tacere: see TACIT] almost always silent; not liking to talk; uncommunicative taciturnity [tas′ətʉr′nə tē] n. taciturnly adv …   English World dictionary

  • taciturn — [[t]tæ̱sɪtɜː(r)n[/t]] ADJ GRADED A taciturn person does not say very much and can seem unfriendly. A taciturn man, he replied to my questions in monosyllables …   English dictionary

  • taciturn — adjective /ˈtæsɪtɜːn,ˈtæsɪtɝn/ Silent; temperamentally untalkative; disinclined to speak. The two sisters could hardly have been more different, one so boisterous and expressive, the other so taciturn and calm. Syn: reticent, untalkative Ant:… …   Wiktionary

  • taciturn — See reticent. See reticent, taciturn …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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