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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
Lena is introduced to the Shimmer by a laconic psychologist (a miscast Jennifer Jason Leigh) who is in charge of fielding missions.
Belichick, comically laconic to begin with, seemingly at a loss for words.
An intense Sapiro makes clear that the laconic Roland’s ostensibly still waters run deep.
Lena is introduced to the Shimmer by a laconic psychologist (a miscast Jennifer Jason Leigh) in charge of fielding missions.
Identified only as the Man (a perfect, laconic Teagle F. Bougere), this unholy father shows up late, whistling, his face concealed by a black cowboy hat.
At the end of the day, the [speaking manner] never changed; the laconic humor never changed.
Years later, Australians would honor their missing Prime Minister in a fashion befitting the country's famous laconic sense of humor.
Not that anything is really mentioned on the menu, unless laconic three-word adjective-noun combos are your jam.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of laconic
First Known Use: 1589See Words from the same year
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
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