laconism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laconism terseness of expression
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Laconism A vigorous, brief manner of expression; laconic style.
    • Laconism An instance of laconic style or expression.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laconism Pointed brevity of speech or expression; sententiousness; conciseness; pithiness.
    • n laconism A concise or pithy expression; an utterance conveying much meaning in few words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Laconism a concise style: a short, pithy phrase
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to imitate Lacedæmonian manners, to speak laconically: cf. F. laconisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr.

Usage

In literature:

His entries are expressed with a laconic conciseness, and it would seem with a little dry humour.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
When he spoke his words were laconic.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
He supported the discourse of the first Violin by laconic maxims, striking for their truth.
"The Violin" by George Hart
Indeed, he was apt to be very laconic in speaking of his exploits.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Exasperated at this message, the marquis sent them this laconic epistle.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
A BUCOLIC BETWIXT TWO: LACON AND THYRSIS.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Shandon carefully folded this laconic epistle, put it in his pocket, and gave the order for departure.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne
He praises laconism, but never practises it.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
For the Englishman's laconic message meant that the submarine had just proved herself to be of the mine-laying variety.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
Its contents were laconic.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
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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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