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