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laconic

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adjective la·con·ic \lə-ˈkä-nik\

Simple Definition of laconic

  • : using few words in speech or writing

Full Definition of laconic

  1. :  using or involving the use of a minimum of words :  concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious

la·con·i·cal·ly play \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of laconic

  1. We would rather have a smiling, shape-shifting Democrat we don't trust than a frowning, laconic Republican we trust more. —Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 10 Oct. 1996

  2. The closest anyone comes to announcing his destination is a laconic “Guess I'll head on in.” —Richard Rhodes, The Inland Ground, 1991

  3. … towards the father—laconic, authoritarian, remote, an immigrant who'd trained in Galicia to be a rabbi but worked in America in a hat factory—their feelings were more confused. —Philip Roth, Granta 24, Summer 1988

  4. He had a reputation for being laconic.

  5. <the sportscaster's color commentary tends to be laconic but very much to the point>



Origin of laconic

Latin laconicus Spartan, from Greek lakōnikos; from the Spartan reputation for terseness of speech


First Known Use: 1589

Synonym Discussion of laconic

concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative <a concise description>. terse implies pointed conciseness <a terse reply>. succinct implies the greatest possible compression <a succinct letter of resignation>. laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious <an aloof and laconic stranger>. summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation <a summary listing of the year's main events>. pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance <a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners>. compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment <a compendious dictionary>.


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