laconic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj laconic brief and to the point; effectively cut short; `yes'" "a crisp retort","a response so curt as to be almost rude","the laconic reply","short and terse and easy to understand"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Laconic 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. "I grow laconic even beyond laconicism; for sometimes I return only yes, or no, to questionary or petitionary epistles of half a yard long.""His sense was strong and his style laconic ."
    • Laconic Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence, stern or severe; cruel; unflinching. "His head had now felt the razor, his back the rod; all that laconical discipline pleased him well."
    • n Laconic Laconism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • laconic Pertaining to Laconia or its inhabitants; Lacedæmonian or Spartan.
    • laconic Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the ancient Laconians; sententious; pithy; short; brief: as, a laconic phrase.
    • laconic Characteristic of the Laconians; inexorable; stern; severe.
    • laconic Synonyms Condensed, Succinct, etc. See concise.
    • n laconic Conciseness of language; laconicism.
    • n laconic A concise, pithy expression; something expressed in a concise, pithy manner; a laconism: chiefly used in the plural: as, to talk in laconics.
    • n laconic In ancient prosody, an anapestic tetrameter catalectic with a spondee instead of the penultimate anapest . So called as a variety of the tetrameter used in the Laconian or Spartan embateria.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Laconic la-kon′ik expressing in few words after the manner of the Laconians, Lacedæmonians, or Spartans: concise: pithy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Laconicus, Laconian, Gr. , fr. a Laconian, Lacedæmonian, or Spartan: cf. F. laconique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr.

Usage

In literature:

The laconic order to attack was given at dawn on June 7, 1916.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
He gave her a few laconic directions for the sick man's better comfort.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
He practised laconics, and carried them to the very breaking point.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
It was cold and laconic, written by one of the ministers of Don Carlos.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
He muttered a few laconic words.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
His expressions are simple and laconic.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Elizabeth was inclined to be as laconic as implacable.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
And then one morning a laconic note reached me from the shipping-office.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
Their speech was laconic, their manners grave, their attitude self-contained.
"Gold" by Stewart White
My friend's laconic exposition only deepened the dramatic quality of the situation.
"Aliens" by William McFee
This laconic speech came from none other than the King, who in a bantering mood had returned.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
Cato labours to express himself in an awkward and laconic epistle, apologizing for its length.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
To anyone, at any moment, there might be brought the laconic message: Die.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
He was so tall, so exceptional, so laconic.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
It was her first lesson in "soldier laconics," and to say truly, she did not take it well.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
They had reached the end of the walk, and had looked over the hedge, but he became more and more laconic.
"The Dead Lake and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Then Lone Stacy answered gruffly, but there was an unsteadiness of feeling under his laconic reply.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
The answer was laconic, and accompanied by a smile.
"Real Gold" by George Manville Fenn
In our ordinary English word "laconic" is preserved a curious little allusion.
"Proverb Lore" by F. Edward Hulme
Her deep eyes had held a glow of almost prayerful enchantment for which her laconic words seemed inadequate.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
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In poetry:

Tyrant trim and telephonic,
Christmas offerings to thee?
Pardon if I seem laconic:
Not a single c.
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Slim Lacon keeps a goat for thee,
For thee the jocund shepherds wait;
O Singer of Persephone!
Dost thou remember Sicily?
"Theocritus - A Villanelle" by Oscar Wilde
Slim Lacon keeps a goat for thee,
For thee the jocund shepherds wait;
O Singer of Persephone!
Dost thou remember Sicily?
"A Villanelle " by Oscar Wilde
There was an Old Person of Wick,
Who said, 'Tick-a-Tick, Tick-a-Tick;
Chickabee, Chickabaw.'
And he said nothing more,
That laconic Old Person of Wick
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Wick" by Edward Lear
LACON Alack, for grief!
THYR. But I'll be brief.
Hence I must, for time doth call
Me, and my sad playmates all,
To his evening funeral.
Live long, Lacon; so adieu!
"A Bucolic Betwixt Two: Lacon & Thyrsis" by Robert Herrick
THYR. None of these; but out, alas!
A mischance is come to pass,
And I'll tell thee what it was:
See, mine eyes are weeping ripe.
LACON. Tell, and I'll lay down my pipe.
"A Bucolic Betwixt Two: Lacon & Thyrsis" by Robert Herrick

In news:

Nothing like brave women and laconic men to gin up the significance of silence.
Another laconic lawman arrives on cable.
The laconic poker hobbyist would prefer to be logging or hunting in the woods, where the attention can't find him.
Even for a laconic personality like George Norcross, the message was cryptic.
Though laconic and somewhat enigmatic, it could be studied with profit by any historian of the period.
A tall, pale, floppy-haired youth loiters below the High Line on West 20th Street, rolling a cigarette, laconically considering the hopes and dreams of others.
The Parents Calling Santa, Santa Christmas Naughty or Nice List, or the more laconic, Fake Call from Santa, all allow parents to call their kids as Santa if they are misbehaving.
And we loved it over at the Detroit-Superior bridge, which although not the ideal location, provided a rich landscape with the lower level of the structure, the Cuyahoga River laconically meandering below, and a nice view of downtown.
As the project's tortuous phases stretched over the years, she laconically referred to herself as "project manager in terms of getting this thing moved along.".
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In science:

At any rate, I believe, it will be interesting for you to know laconic characterisations of the present situation made by the two “culprits”. “Pregnant!” (J.
Nucleon Spin Puzzle: Ten Years Later
The special basis in which the H4 interval has the laconic form (1) is connected with the special isotropic vectors.
The Notions of Distance and Velocity Modulus in the Some Linear Finsler Spaces
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