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Definition reluctant — especially to speak freely
  • She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
  • The candidate is reticent to discuss her personal beliefs in a public setting.
  • reticent = reluctant
  • Pour your heart out to me, Bessie. Don't be reticent.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • reticent = reluctant
  • Max's roommate seemed on the verge of saying something else but did not. Cooper was not so reticent.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • reticent = reluctant to speak freely
  • He took my hand as we walked to the river, which surprised me, as he's normally reticent to show affection in public.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • reticent = reluctant
  • ...they were wily and cunning and did not directly attack him. Their reticence puzzled Eragon until...
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • reticence = reluctance
  • Anybody meeting him there for the first time might have thought him reticent. Almost timid.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • reticent = reluctant to speak freely
  • A reticent fellow, he made no reply.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • reticent = reluctant to speak freely
  • Jasper had never been reticent, but now it seemed he had to be talking every waking minute as a means of holding his own fears in balance.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • reticent = reluctant to speak
  • "Tell me in ten words or less," she suggested, sensing his reticence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • reticence = reluctance to speak freely
  • The youth knew me and had no reticence in talking...
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • reticence = reluctance
  • Nasser, reticent by nature, withdrew almost completely.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • reticent = reluctant to speak freely
  • a sensitive and reticent boy
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • reticent = reluctant to speak
  • Actually, this self-imposed reticence cost him little effort.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • reticence = reluctance to speak
  • Reasoning on the cause of their reticence he concluded that ... [they] were afraid to broach the subject,
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • reticence = reluctance to speak freely
  • She showed her usual reticence to her parents, and only said, that if Lydgate had done as she wished he would have left Middlemarch long ago.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • reticence = reluctance to speak freely
  • a good deal of mysterious reticence on Mrs. Penniman's part.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • reticence = reluctance to speak freely
  • underlying all this... was both delicacy and reticence.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • reticence = reluctance (usually to speak freely)
  • the enclosures of reticence
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • reticence = reluctance
  • Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
reticence = reluctance — usually to speak freely

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