Laconic La*con"ic, Laconical La*con"ic*al, a. [L. Laconicus Laconian, Gr. ??, fr. ?? a Laconian, Laced[ae]monian, or Spartan: cf. F. laconique.] 1. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; concise; brusque; epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form. [1913 Webster]

I grow laconic even beyond laconicism; for sometimes I return only yes, or no, to questionary or petitionary epistles of half a yard long. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

His sense was strong and his style laconic. --Welwood. [1913 Webster]

2. Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence, stern or severe; cruel; unflinching. [1913 Webster]

His head had now felt the razor, his back the rod; all that laconical discipline pleased him well. --Bp. Hall.

Syn: Short; brief; concise; succinct; sententious; pointed; pithy.

Usage: {Laconic}, {Concise}. Concise means without irrelevant or superfluous matter; it is the opposite of diffuse. Laconic means concise with the additional quality of pithiness, sometimes of brusqueness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Laconic — La*con ic, n. Laconism. [Obs.] Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • laconic — (adj.) concise, abrupt, 1580s, probably via L. Laconicus, from Gk. Lakonikos, from Lakon person from Lakonia, the district around Sparta in southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famously proud of their brevity of speech. When… …   Etymology dictionary

  • laconic — succinct, terse, *concise, summary, pithy, compendious Analogous words: curt, brusque (see BLUFF): *brief, short Antonyms: verbose Contrasted words: *wordy, prolix, diffuse: loquacious, *talkative, voluble, glib, garrulous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • laconic — [adj] short, to the point breviloquent, brief, brusque, compact, compendiary, compendious, concise, crisp, curt, pithy, sententious, short and sweet*, succinct, terse; concepts 267,773,798 Ant. long winded, verbose, wordy …   New thesaurus

  • laconic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ using very few words; terse. DERIVATIVES laconically adverb. ORIGIN Greek Lak nikos, from Lak n Laconia, Sparta , the Spartans being known for their terse speech …   English terms dictionary

  • laconic — [lə kän′ik] adj. [L Laconicus < Gr Lakōnikos, Laconian < Lakōn, a Laconian, Spartan] brief or terse in speech or expression; using few words SYN. CONCISE laconically adv …   English World dictionary

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