reticence


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.
Graphic Thesaurus  🔍
Display ON
Animation ON
Legend
Synonym
Antonym
Related
  • noun

Synonyms for reticence

Synonyms for reticence

the keeping of one's thoughts and emotions to oneself

reserve in speech, behavior, or dress

Synonyms for reticence

the trait of being uncommunicative

References in classic literature ?
I have mentioned my reticence. Only once did I confide the strangeness of it all to another.
With reticence and modesty present, I could never have dared tell Scotty my small-boat estimate of him.
It was always for the sake of that particular scene that Newland Archer went to see "The Shaughraun." He thought the adieux of Montague and Ada Dyas as fine as anything he had ever seen Croisette and Bressant do in Paris, or Madge Robertson and Kendal in London; in its reticence, its dumb sorrow, it moved him more than the most famous histrionic outpourings.
Philip wondered whether there was in him really anything: his reticence, the haggard look of him, the pungent humour, seemed to suggest personality, but might be no more than an effective mask which covered nothing.
But she had determined that there was no reason why he should suffer if her reticence were the cause of his suffering.
The Duchess liked to understand everything, and her husband's reticence annoyed her.
Not alone because of the privacy and holiness of the subject, but because of what might have been prudery in the middle class, but which in them was the modesty and reticence found in individuals of the working class when they strive after clean living and morality.
Dunfer's mouth and the mysterious reticence of his manner, and to the mingled hardihood and tenderness of his sole literary production--the epitaph.
They had got into conversation, and gradually Leonard flung reticence aside, told some of his domestic troubles, and hinted at the rest.
His reticence was not entirely the shoddy article that a business life promotes, the reticence that pretends that nothing is something, and hides behind the DAILY TELEGRAPH.
It was significant of the separateness between Lydgate's mind and Rosamond's that he had no impulse to speak to her on the subject; indeed, he did not quite trust her reticence towards Will.
And he is also keen to sell the club, which may explain his reticence when it comes to making transfer funds available.
Iranian sculptor Kourosh Golnari's first exhibition in Dubai, Reticence, explores a part of history that is unknown because it has been excluded from the narrative by the powerful men who control it.
Mark Ritson, Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School, admitted: "There is tremendous reticence about sponsoring the World Cup this year."