reticent

  • 1 réticent — réticent, ente [ retisɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1845; de réticence 1 ♦ Vieilli Qui comporte des réticences (1o). Des phrases atténuées et réticentes. Qui ne dit pas tout ce qu il devrait. ⇒ 1. discret, silencieux. « Je me suis trouvé à l aise [...] disant …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 reticent — RETICÉNT, Ă, reticenţi, te, adj. (Despre oameni şi despre cuvintele lor) Care manifestă sau care arată reticenţă, reţinere. – Din fr. réticent. Trimis de LauraGellner, 08.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  RETICÉNT adj. v. reţinut. Trimis de siveco,… …

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  • 3 reticent — is developing the meaning ‘reluctant to act’, which is somewhat more developed than its standard meaning ‘reserved, reluctant to speak’: • At first, I was reticent about doing nudity film website, AmE 2003. This meaning has become so well… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 Reticent — Ret i*cent, a. [L. reticens, p. pr. of reticere to keep silence; re + tacere to be silent. See {Tacit}.] Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 reticent — I adjective cautious, concise, confidential, constrained, detached, distant, evasive, guarded, laconic, mute, noncommittal, recondite, remote, reserved, restrained, retiring, secretive, sparing of words, standoffish, succinct, taciturn,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 reticent — (adj.) 1834, from L. reticentem, prp. of reticere (see RETICENCE (Cf. reticence)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 reticent — *silent, reserved, uncommunicative, taciturn, secretive, close, close lipped, closemouthed, tight lipped Analogous words: restrained, inhibited, curbed, checked (see RESTRAIN): discreet, prudent (see under PRUDENCE) Antonyms: frank Contrasted… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 reticent — [adj] secretive, quiet bashful, clammed up*, close, close mouthed, dried up*, dummied up*, hesitant, mum, reserved, restrained, shy, silent, taciturn, tight lipped, uncommunicative, unforthcoming, unspeaking, uptight*; concepts 267,401 Ant.… …

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  • 9 reticent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not revealing one s thoughts or feelings readily. DERIVATIVES reticence noun reticently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin reticere remain silent …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 reticent — [ret′əsənt] adj. [L reticens, prp. of reticere, to be silent < re , again + tacere, to be silent: see TACIT] 1. habitually silent or uncommunicative; disinclined to speak readily; reserved; taciturn 2. having a restrained, quiet, or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 reticent — [[t]re̱tɪsənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ about/on n Someone who is reticent does not tell people about things. She is so reticent about her achievements... Mrs. Smith, normally a reticent woman, took it upon herself to write to the President. Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 reticent — adjective Etymology: Latin reticent , reticens, present participle of reticēre to keep silent, from re + tacēre to be silent more at tacit Date: circa 1834 1. inclined to be silent or uncommunicative in speech ; reserved 2. restrained in… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 reticent — adj. reticent about * * * [ retɪs(ə)nt] reticent about …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 reticent — ret|i|cent [ˈretısənt] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of reticere to keep silent , from tacere; TACIT] unwilling to talk about what you feel or what you know = ↑reserved reticent about ▪ She s strangely reticent about …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 reticent — [19] The ultimate source of reticent is Latin tacēre ‘be silent’ (source of English tacit and taciturn). Combination with the intensive prefix re produced reticēre ‘keep silent’, whose present participle gave English reticent. It was preceded… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 reticent — adjective unwilling to talk about what you feel or what you know: She s naturally reticent, even with some of her closest friends. (+ about): Mr Jamieson was very reticent about the reasons for his decision. reticence noun (U) reticently adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 reticent — [19] The ultimate source of reticent is Latin tacēre ‘be silent’ (source of English tacit and taciturn). Combination with the intensive prefix re produced reticēre ‘keep silent’, whose present participle gave English reticent. It was preceded… …

    Word origins

  • 18 reticent — reticence, reticency, n. reticently, adv. /ret euh seuhnt/, adj. 1. disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved. 2. reluctant or restrained. [1825 35; < L reticent (s. of reticens), prp. of reticere to be silent, equiv. to re RE + tic …

    Universalium

  • 19 reticent — adjective /ˈrɛtɪsənt/ Keeping ones thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained. They are slow and reticent, and are like a dull good horse which lets every nag pass him, but with whip and spur will run down every racer in the field.… …

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  • 20 reticent — See reticent, taciturn …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions