taciturn | taciturnity

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GRE

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Banks

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

tending not to speak much

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A person described as being ‘taciturn’ does not speak very often and when they do they tend to say very little. Such behaviour is typically not due to shyness, more a personality trait, but it can come across as being cold and unfriendly.

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Synonyms secretive
Antonyms communicative

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  1. The client was quite a taciturn man and only gave me one word responses.

  2. Beneath his taciturn demeanour, John is actually a very kind-hearted guy.

  3. Anna said very little at lunch today. Such taciturnity was unlike her, so she must have had something on her mind.

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