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laconism

[lak-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈlæk əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
laconic brevity.
2.
a laconic utterance or sentence.
Also, laconicism
[luh-kon-uh-siz-uh m] /ləˈkɒn əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of laconism
1560-1570
1560-70; < Greek lakōnismós, noun answering to lakōnízein to favor or imitate the Spartans. See laconic, -ism
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  • "If I don't get to liking 'em, I don't care what happens to em," Bill answered with his father's own laconicism.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
British Dictionary definitions for laconicism

laconism

/ˈlækəˌnɪzəm/
noun (rare)
1.
economy of expression
2.
a terse saying
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