lac·​o·​nism ˈla-kə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce laconism (audio)
: brevity or terseness of expression or style
: a laconic expression

Examples of laconism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Lanegan turns out, despite his initial bout of laconism, to be forthcoming, even charming. Jim Greer, SPIN, 10 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of laconism was in 1570

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“Laconism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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