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rĕtĭcentĭa , ae, f. reticeo,
I.a keeping silent, silence (rare but good prose): “quid taces? enicas me miserum tuā reticentiā,Plaut. Merc. 5, 2, 52; Pac. ap. Non. 1, 31 (Trag. Rel. p. 94 Rib.): “posterorum,Cic. Phil. 14, 12, 33: “a jurisconsultis etiam reticentiae poena est constituta (viz. as to a defect in a thing sold),id. Off. 3, 16, 65.—
II. In rhetor.,= aposiopesis, a pause in the midst of a speech, Cic. de Or. 3, 53, 205; Quint. 9, 1, 31; 9, 2, 54; 57.
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