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Examples of laconic in a Sentence
- 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
- The closest anyone comes to announcing his destination is a laconic "Guess I'll head on in." —Richard Rhodes, The Inland Ground, 1991
- … 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
He had a reputation for being laconic.
the sportscaster's color commentary tends to be laconic but very much to the point
Recent Examples of laconic from the Web
Ballet Arizona’s longtime artistic director is laconic, slow to make eye contact, clearly uncomfortable around strangers.
There have always been echoes of laconic but resonant writers like Robert Stone and Don DeLillo in Kushner’s prose.
In Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro plays Travis Bickle, a depressed, laconic cabbie who befriends a teenage prostitute and decides that saving her will be his salvation.
Over a laconic beat, the album begins this way: The year is 1954, my name is Eisenhower.
The typically laconic Aldean has spoken about the emotional difficulty of visiting with the wounded and the families of the dead.
This poetic, laconic and ineffably beautiful drama has an unerring feel for its subject, a young cowboy struggling against his implacable fate in the American West.
Tasked with investigating the scope and power of Wall Street’s wealthiest members, counsel to the committee Samuel Untermyer faced down the famously brusque and laconic businessman with a deliberate and unrelenting line of questions.
Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale is joining the cast of Season 3, playing a laconic, no-nonsense used car salesman.
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Did You Know?
Laconia was an ancient country in southern Greece, bordering on the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas. Its capital city was Sparta, and the Spartans were famous for their terseness of speech. "Laconic" comes to us by way of Latin from Greek Lakonikos, which is derived from Lakon, meaning "native of Laconia." It has been with us since the 16th century and has sometimes been used with the basic meaning "of or relating to Laconia or its inhabitants" (though we’re more apt to use "Laconian" for this meaning today). In current use, laconic means "terse" or "concise," and thus recalls the Spartan tendency to use the fewest words possible.
Synonym Discussion of laconic
- a concise description
- a terse reply
- a succinct letter of resignation
- an aloof and laconic stranger
- a summary listing of the year's main events
- a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners
- a compendious dictionary
LACONIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of laconic for English Language Learners
: using few words in speech or writing
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