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reticent, taciturn
reticent (RET i suhnt) (adjective)
1. Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself: Mollie was reticent about discussing the cause of her feeling so sad.
2. Restrained or reserved in style; reluctant; unwilling: Audry's friend was reticent to help out during the harvest season on the farm because of an injured hand.

Curtis is reticent about discussing his past life.

taciturn (TAS i turn") (adjective)
Habitually untalkative, tending to remain silent, or seldom speaking: The unsociable and taciturn man would rock silently in his chair for hours.

The taciturn farmer was reticent to help the new neighbor drill a new well.

taciturn (adjective), more taciturn, most taciturn
1. Characterized by silence or a disinclination to speak: Jim was not moody, but was quite taciturn, non-talkative, and reserved when he was with strangers.
2. A reference to someone who says very little or is uncommunicative: Janet didn't like to talk about her problems with other people and so she was very taciturn about her personal life.
3. Etymology: from Latin taciturnus, "not talkative, noiseless" from tacere, "to be silent".
Pertaining to being reluctant to talk to others.
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Descriptive of being silent and not explaining what is wrong.
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