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reticent
used in Black Like Me

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Definition
reluctant — especially to speak freely
  • The youth knew me and had no reticence in talking...
reticence = reluctance
  • The whites, especially the tourists, had no reticence before us, and no shame since we were Negroes.
  • I note these things because it is harrowing to see decent-looking men and boys assume that because a man is black they need show him none of the reticences they would, out of respect, show the most derelict white man.
  • I stared at my black hands, saw the gold wedding band and mumbled something meaningless, hoping he would see my reticence.

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