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What Is Taciturn? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS TACITURN – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.

WHAT IS TACITURN

Definition

The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • (of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • temperamentally disinclined to talk

Synonyms

Here are some of the following synonyms of this term:

  • untalkative
  • uncommunicative
  • reticent
  • unforthcoming
  • quiet
  • unresponsive
  • secretive
  • silent
  • tight-lipped
  • close-mouthed
  • mute
  • inarticulate
  • reserved
  • withdrawn
  • introverted

Etymology

It is a late 18th century term which is from the Latin term taciturnus, which is from the term tacitus, which means ‘be silent’.

Examples

Here are some examples of this term:

  • At dinner the prince usually spoke to the taciturn Michael Ivanovich more often than to anyone else.
  • He was without question a reactionary, morose and taciturn, and spent nearly all his time shut up in his palace.
  • Sagittarian men are willing to overlook many things, including someone who does not display any athletic abilities or is taciturn, but they will not overlook cruelty to animals.
  • The count ordered his carriage that he might drive to Sokolniki, and sat in his study with folded hands, morose, sallow, and taciturn.

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