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[lak-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈlæk əˌnɪz əm/
laconic brevity.
a laconic utterance or sentence.
Also, laconicism
[luh-kon-uh-siz-uh m] /ləˈkɒn əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of laconism
1560-70; < Greek lakōnismós, noun answering to lakōnízein to favor or imitate the Spartans. See laconic, -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She answered other questions with equal firmness and laconism.

  • You may, perhaps, imagine that laconism could no further go.

    Friend Mac Donald Max O'Rell
  • He was the Spartan of Tobymen, and laconism was the short soul of his professional legislation!

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • His friend obeyed him, more alarmed by Andre's laconism than he could have been by some sudden explosion of passion.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • This laconism came from the lips of a young man who was walking along the Levee of New Orleans.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • This I shall endeavour to interpret, by developing to the best of my ability the laconism of the philosophical naturalist.

    What is Property? P. J. Proudhon
British Dictionary definitions for laconism


noun (rare)
economy of expression
a terse saying
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