reticence: Word of the day for July 23, 2020

reticence , n :
(uncountable, also figuratively) Avoidance of saying or reluctance to say too much; discretion, tight-lippedness; (countable) an instance of acting in this manner. (uncountable) A silent and reserved nature. (uncountable) Followed by of: discretion or restraint in the use of something. (uncountable) Often followed by to: hesitancy or reluctance (to do something). (countable, uncountable, rhetoric, obsolete) Synonym of aposiopesis (“an abrupt breaking-off in speech”) reticence v (transitive, rare) To deliberately not listen or pay attention to; to disregard, to ignore.