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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
The main man behind the wheel is Baby (Ansel Elgort), a shy, laconic guy who’s become a legendary Atlanta getaway driver at a young age.
One of the greatest TV detective shows of all time — from the genre’s finest era — stars the versatile James Garner, an actor equally adept at being a laconic adventure hero and doing deadpan comedy.
Visconti seemed an inappropriate choice to direct Camus’s laconic classic.
Washington Mitch McConnell is among Washington’s more disciplined, laconic politicians, and so far the Senate majority leader has declined to comment on the latest developments in the James Comey affair.
Set and filmed in Pittsburgh, Ned the Dog plays Martin (voiced by Hodges), laconic chum to Nan (Allison Tolman).
Merloni, a Massachusetts native with the laconic directness of a Wahlberg brother, looked miserable.
Shadow is a laconic character on both the page and screen.
Later, the title character, played by a brooding, laconic Keanu Reeves, proves his lethal facility with that same writing implement, in a scene that is sublimely silly, jaw-droppingly brutal and irrationally satisfying.
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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
Latin laconicus Spartan, from Greek lakōnikos; from the Spartan reputation for terseness of speech
First Known Use: 1589See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of laconic
LACONIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of laconic for English Language Learners
: using few words in speech or writing
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