Laconical

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Laconical 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 ."
    • Laconical 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."
    • a Laconical See Laconic a.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • laconical Same as laconic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Laconical la-kon′ikal 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:

I like these laconic statements; they mean much.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
I am indebted to Lacon for that reflection.
"The Romance of Mathematics" by P. Hampson
There was no mistaking the words; they were plain, laconic, and nothing ambiguous about them.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
After the usual laconic greetings, he drew him on one side.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Nearly a million people, it is laconically reported, are in danger of dying of starvation.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 1, March 1906" by Various
But at other times this laconic letter literally killeth.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
The Spartans were dignified, austere, and of few words, "laconic" in speech.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
As the Englishman rejoined them after this laconic interview, Blythe greeted him with a new theory.
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
There is no occasion to be extremely laconic.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Although my laconic little diary does not show it, I was fiercely resolved upon returning to the Seminary.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
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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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