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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
Cash, played with laconic charm by Stanfield, is a relatable hero, but Detroit is ill-served by Riley’s script, existing primarily to explain the film’s heavier themes and scold her boyfriend for his ethical lapses.
Leonard’s ear for dialogue and laconic style, along with a droll sense of humor and just enough field research, combined to make his crime novels endlessly entertaining (apologies for the adverb).
Evelyn is a laconic Elon Musk figure, Winston a Steve Jobs.
Jake Johnson is deadbeat stoner Chilli, and Hannibal Buress plays laconic weirdo Sable.
In a phone interview from his spread in Santa Barbara, Calif., Costner, 63 and good-naturedly laconic, pondered the allure of the western, Manifest Destiny, and plans for his second act.
In a phone interview from his spread in Santa Barbara, Calif., with its baseball field and Pacific view, Mr. Costner, 63 and good-naturedly laconic, pondered the allure of the western, Manifest Destiny and plans for his second act.
Bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch, hiding under a black cowboy hat, brought a rueful heaviness to the laconic Ennis, whose fear keeps the lovers from making a life together, while tenor Glenn Seven Allen emphasized Jack’s contrastingly daredevil spirit.
The laconic 62-year-old has quietly run his Masterpiece Cakeshop from a strip mall in suburban Denver for a quarter of a century.
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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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