Tac"i*turn (?), a. [L. taciturnus: cf. F. taciturne. See Tacit.]

Habitually silent; not given to converse; not apt to talk or speak.

-- Tac"i*turn*ly, adv.

Syn. -- Silent; reserved. Taciturn, Silent. Silent has reference to the act; taciturn, to the habit. A man may be silent from circumstances; he is taciturn from disposition. The loquacious man is at times silent; one who is taciturn may now and then make an effort at conversation.


© Webster 1913.

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