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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.



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


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  • withdrawn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


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


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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