reticence

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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

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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.
With reticence and modesty present, I could never have dared tell Scotty my small-boat estimate of him.
And in the points of suspense which he placed after this reticence in his mind, there lay I know not what flattering ideas.
He was a great little creature, and through his intense personality he achieved a sort of impersonality, so that you loved the man, who was forever talking-of himself, for his modesty and reticence.
There is no need to shelter yourself under professional reticence.
Followed as he followed it, with a skilful reticence, in a kind of social chiaroscuro, it was still possible for the polite to call him a professional painter.
Perhaps they thought that our means were too modest for them, and, therefore, unworthy of politeness or reticence.
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.