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[lak-uh-niz-uh m]
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  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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Historical Examples

  • She answered other questions with equal firmness and laconism.

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


  • 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


laconicism (ləˈkɒnɪˌsɪzəm)

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