Avoidance vs Reticence - What's the difference?

avoidance | reticence |

As nouns the difference between avoidance and reticence

is that avoidance is the act of annulling; annulment while reticence is tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much.



Alternative forms

* avoidaunce (obsolete)


  • The act of annulling; annulment.
  • The act of becoming vacant, or the state of being vacant; – specifically used for the state of a benefice becoming void by the death, deprivation, or resignation of the incumbent.
  • A dismissing or a quitting; removal; withdrawal.
  • The act of avoiding or shunning; keeping clear of.
  • *
  • *:At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy?; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
  • Any thing that is to be avoided
  • The courts by which anything is carried off.
  • reticence



  • tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much
  • a silent and reserved nature
  • Quotations

    * 1890 , Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray : *:Basil's absurd fits of jealousy, his wild devotion, his extravagant panegyrics, his curious reticences , — he understood them all now, and he felt sorry. * 1897 , Bram Stoker, Dracula : *: You must not be angry with him, Art, because his very reticence means that all his brains are working for her good.(attention)


    * reserve, secrecy, taciturnity * bashfulness, demureness, diffidence, quietness, reservation, shyness, timidity


    * openness, talkativeness * loquaciousness, ostentation