Reticent vs Brazen - What's the difference?

reticent | brazen |


As adjectives the difference between reticent and brazen

is that reticent is reluctant; reticent while brazen is (archaic) pertaining to, made of, or resembling brass (in color or strength).

As a verb brazen is

to carry through in a brazen manner generally used with out'' or ''through .

reticent

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained.
  • * 1856 , :
  • They are slow and reticent , and are like a dull good horse which lets every nag pass him, but with whip and spur will run down every racer in the field.
  • * 1870 , , ch XXIII:
  • But he was a reticent as well as an eccentric man; and he made no mention of a certain evening when he warmed his hands at the gatehouse fire, and looked steadily down upon a certain heap of torn and miry clothes upon the floor.
  • * 1891 , , ch LIV:
  • She had told him she was not now at Marlott, but had been curiously reticent as to her actual address, and the only course was to go to Marlott and inquire for it.
  • * 1915 , , ch 3:
  • The milkman had been released, I read, and the true criminal, about whose identity the police were reticent , was believed to have got away from London by one of the northern lines.
  • * 1922 , :
  • The inhabitants of that street impressed me peculiarly; At first I thought it was because they were all silent and reticent ; but later decided it was because they were all very old.
  • * 1922 , , ch XXV:
  • But they were not reticent enough to prevent the circulation of certain uneasy rumours and extravagant stories of discreditable adventures.

    Synonyms

    * reserved, restrained, tight-lipped * See also

    brazen

    English

    Alternative forms

    *

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Pertaining to, made of, or resembling brass (in color or strength).
  • * 1786 , Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons , page 31.
  • Brazen or rather copper swords seem to have been next introduced; these in process of time, workmen learned to harden by the addition of some other metal or mineral, which rendered them almost equal in temper to iron.
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  • Sounding harsh and loud, like brass cymbals or brass instruments.
  • (archaic) Extremely strong; impenetrable.
  • Shamelessly shocking and offensive; impudent; barefaced; immodest; or unblushing.
  • Brazen enough to spit on one of her students during class and wipe it in with her hand.

    Derived terms

    * brazen age * brazen sea

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To carry through in a brazen manner. Generally used with out'' or ''through .
  • * W. Black.
  • Sabina brazened it out before Mrs. Wygram, but inwardly she was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect.

    Derived terms

    * brazen it out