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laconism

[lak-uh-niz-uh m]
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noun
  1. laconic brevity.
  2. a laconic utterance or sentence.
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Also la·con·i·cism [luh-kon-uh-siz-uh m] /ləˈkɒn əˌsɪz əm/.

Origin of laconism

1560–70; < Greek lakōnismós, noun answering to lakōnízein to favor or imitate the Spartans. See laconic, -ism
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Examples from the Web for laconism

Historical Examples

  • She answered other questions with equal firmness and laconism.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850.

    Various

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for laconism

laconism

laconicism (ləˈkɒnɪˌsɪzəm)

noun rare
  1. economy of expression
  2. a terse saying
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