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reticent Syllabification: ret·i·cent
Pronunciation: /ˈredəsənt/

Definition of reticent in English:


Not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily: she was extremely reticent about her personal affairs
More example sentences
  • Like others who are naturally reticent and introverted he was able, says Dimbleby, to lose himself in the disciplined freedom of performance.
  • Turner was famously reticent regarding his private life.
  • He was unusually withdrawn and reticent during that time, until suddenly, the more public horror of world events seemed to shock him out of it.
reserved, withdrawn, introverted, inhibited, diffident, shy;
uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unresponsive, tight-lipped, buttoned-up, quiet, taciturn, silent, guarded, secretive


Pronunciation: /ˈredəsəns/
Example sentences
  • That said, the compression and reticence of Italian high modernist poetry are still prominent stylistic features in Italian verse.
  • The reticence of our style, chosen, we thought, as appropriate to the forum, requires each reader to substantiate our claims on their own.
  • This really very scary Japanese ghost story from director Hideo Nakata exerts a chilling grip with its icy calm and eerie reticence.
reserve, restraint, inhibition, diffidence, shyness;
unresponsiveness, quietness, taciturnity, secretiveness
Pronunciation: /ˈredəs(ə)n(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • He looked at me, smiling reticently, and said, ‘I'll pick you up at 7.’
  • It was remarkable to see this young girl walk reticently on stage, sit at the piano and begin to play so naturally, confidently and without any interference to the musical flow.
  • Haskil plays the two concertos intimately but not reticently.


Mid 19th century: from Latin reticent- 'remaining silent', from the verb reticere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + tacere 'be silent'.

Words that rhyme with reticent

Millicent • concupiscent
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