Learning English

Word: Reticent

Reticent (Adjective)

Sentence with Context:

Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell’s heartfelt film about the unending misery of Gaza – now effectively a blockaded strip of land bounded by the Egyptian and Israeli borders and the Mediterranean Sea – has had a complex reception in some quarters since it premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Some have found it manipulative and politically reticent, in that it only fleetingly mentions Hamas, and includes footage of an Israeli bombardment but shows only stone-throwing as the response.

Source: www.theguardian.com

The best way to spot a silent complainer is to cordially ask specific questions: How was our food? Are you okay with the pain medication? Is there anything I can do to make your stay more pleasant? Eventually, even the most reticent patient will usually open up about a perceived issue.

Source: globalhealthcareaccreditation.com

Meaning: Not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily


Restrained, Inhibited, Reserved, Diffident, Uncommunicative, Withdrawn, Introverted, Secretive


Garrulous, Expansive, Extroverted, Unreserved, Communicative, Confident, Outgoing

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

Reticent” rhymes with “Silent“. Imagine a silent patient in a hospital who is shy about sharing her pain with others. She retains everything silently.

Credits: tenor.com

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