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 for reticence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reticence \Ret"i*cence\, n. [L. reticentia: cf. F.
     r['e]ticence.]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Such fine reserve and noble reticence. --Tennyson.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  reticence
      n 1: the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering
           anything more than necessary [syn: reserve, reticence,
           taciturnity]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "reticence":
     aloofness, backwardness, bashfulness, blankness, chilliness,
     coldness, constraint, coolness, detachment, discreetness,
     discretion, distance, expressionlessness, frigidity, frostiness,
     guardedness, iciness, impassiveness, impassivity, impersonality,
     inaccessibility, introversion, modesty, remoteness, repression,
     reserve, reservedness, restraint, reticency, retirement,
     standoffishness, subduedness, suppression, unaffability,
     unapproachability, uncongeniality, undemonstrativeness,
     unexpansiveness, withdrawal, withdrawnness
  
  

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