Laconical
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]


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