IV. WORDS RELATING TO THE INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES; COMMUNICATION OF IDEAS

III. MEANS OF COMMUNICATING IDEAS

2. Conventional means; spoken language

Taciturnity.

[Nouns] silence, muteness, obmutescence; taciturnity, pauciloquy, costiveness, curtness; reserve, reticence (concealment) [more].

man of few words.

[Verbs] be silent; keep silence, keep mum; hold one's tongue, hold one's peace, hold one's jaw; not speak. [more]; say nothing, keep one's counsel; seal the lips, close the lips, button the lips, zipper the lips, put a padlock on the lips, put a padlock on the mouth; put a bridle on one's tongue; bite one's tongue, keep one's tongue between one's teeth; make no sign, not let a word escape one; keep a secret [more]; not have a word to say; hush up, hush, lay the finger on the lips, place the finger on the lips; render mute [more].

stick in one's throat.

[Adjectives] silent, mute, mum; silent as a post, silent as a stone, silent as the grave (still) [more]; dumb [more]; unconversable.

taciturn, sparing of words; close-tongued; costive, inconversable, curt; reserved; reticent (concealing) [more].

[Interjections] shush! tush! silence! mum! hush! chut! hist! tut! chup! mum's the word; keep your mouth shut! [vulgar].

[Phrases] cave quid dicis quando et cui; volto sciollo i pensieri stretti.

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