Secrecy vs Reticence - What's the difference?

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Secrecy is a synonym of reticence.

As nouns the difference between secrecy and reticence

is that secrecy is concealment; the condition of being secret or hidden while reticence is tight-lippedness, discretion, avoidance of saying too much.




(wikipedia secrecy)
  • Concealment; the condition of being secret or hidden.
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  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  • The habit of keeping secrets.
  • Synonyms





  • 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