Ret"i*cence (?), n. [L. reticentia: cf. F. r'eticence.]

1.

The quality or state of being reticent, or keeping silence; the state of holding one's tonque; refraining to speak of that which is suggested; uncommunicativeness.

Such fine reserve and noble reticence. Tennyson.

2. Rhet.

A figure by which a person really speaks of a thing while he makes a show as if he would say nothingon the subject.

 

© Webster 1913.

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