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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
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.
Last night, for Neon's holiday party in New York City, the actress took cues from the distribution company's laconic name, framing her smile in a cherry hue infused with a bit of Pop art brilliance.
On Sunday, the matchup between the 9-3 Rams and the 10-2 Eagles at the L.A. Coliseum was the game of the day in the NFL—and, obviously, FOX feared a laconic reaction when its pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday, went to the game site.
Shepard, known for his laconic style as an actor and his gritty, offbeat sensibility as a playwright, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for Buried Child.
Yet this laconic, impassive manager manages to maintain a reserve of kindness and paternal concern for the kids who drive him crazy every day from sunrise to sunset.
His characters’ painstakingly laconic exchanges, which make Hemingway look chatty, speak to their emotional vulnerability, their terror of revealing too much.
His deeper achievement was to distill the authentic experience of day-to-day urban corruption into intense, laconic tragedies like The Glass Key and his masterpiece, Red Harvest.
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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
Synonymsaphoristic, apothegmatic, brief, capsule, compact, compendious, crisp, curt, elliptical (or elliptic), epigrammatic, concise, monosyllabic, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, telegraphic, terse, thumbnail
Antonymscircuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy
Related Wordsabrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), short, snippety, snippy; abbreviated, abridged, condensed, curtailed, shortened; meaty, substantial; meaningful, significant; well-turned
Near Antonymspleonastic, redundant, repetitious, tautological, tautologous; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; embellished, embroidered, exaggerated, inflated
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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