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Terseness or succinctness of style or expression.
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(ˈlækəˌnɪzəm) or


1. economy of expression
2. a terse saying
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(ˈlæk əˌnɪz əm)

also la•con•i•cism

(ləˈkɒn əˌsɪz əm)

laconic brevity of utterance.
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laconism, laconicism

1. the practice of using few words to say much.
2. a laconic utterance. — laconic, n., adj.laconical, adj.
See also: Brevity
a tendency to use few words to express a great deal; conciseness. — laconic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
a tendency to use few words to express a great deal; conciseness. — laconic, adj.
See also: Language Style
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Extreme economy of expression, saying things in very few words.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laconism - terseness of expression
terseness - a neatly short and concise expressive style
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The laconism of the text maximally engages the imagination of the reader who is called upon to come to his own conclusions and to see the heroes' suffering behind their sparsely described behavior.
Contrary to this 'cultural laconism' of the international law on human rights, international conventions on culture and heritage tend to explain what culture really is and why it is so important to individuals, peoples and communities.