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la·con·ic  (l-knk)
adj.
Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise. See Synonyms at silent.

[Latin Lacnicus, Spartan, from Greek Laknikos, from Lakn, a Spartan (from the reputation of the Spartans for brevity of speech).]

la·coni·cal·ly adv.
Word History: The study of the classics allows one to understand the history of the term laconic, which comes to us via Latin from Greek Laknikos. The English word is first recorded in 1583 with the sense "of or relating to Laconia or its inhabitants." Laknikos is derived from Lakn, "a Laconian, a person from Lacedaemon," the name for the region of Greece of which Sparta was the capital. The Spartans, noted for being warlike and disciplined, were also known for the brevity of their speech, and it is this quality that English writers still denote by the use of the adjective laconic, which is first found in this sense in 1589.

laconic (ləˈkɒnɪk) or laconical
adj
1. (of a person's speech) using few words; terse
[C16: via Latin from Greek Lakōnikos, from Lakōn Laconian, Spartan; referring to the Spartans' terseness of speech]
laˈconically adv
la•con•ic (ləˈkɒn ɪk)

adj.
using few words; terse; concise: a laconic reply.
[1580–90; < Latin Lacōnicus < Greek Lakōnikós Laconian =Lákōn a Laconian + -ikos -ic]
la•con′i•cal•ly, adv.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Adj.1.laconic - brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"

laconic
adjective terse, short, brief, clipped, to the point, crisp, compact, concise, curt, succinct, pithy, monosyllabic, sententious Usually so laconic in the office, he seemed more relaxed.
rambling, long-winded, wordy, voluble, loquacious, verbose
Translations
laconic [ləˈkɒnɪk] ADJlacónico
laconic [ləˈkɒnɪk] adjlaconique
laconic
adjlakonisch; prose, styleknapp
laconic [ləˈkɒnɪk] adjlaconico/a


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But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle.
Even so, our acquaintance might have been no more than a hand-grip and a word-- he was a laconic old fellow--had it not been for the drinking.
Notwithstanding the importance of the challenge, on the 19th of May he received a sealed packet containing the following superbly laconic reply:
 
 
 
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