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Monday, October 10, 2005

Definitions for laconic

  1. using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply.

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Citations for laconic
Veni, vidi, vici: I came, I saw, I conquered… They were the three laconic words Caesar used to describe what happened when he finally met King Pharnaces of Pontus. Margaret George, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, 1997
Zink appears to have sprung fully-formed on to the page, her narrative voice laconic and scalpel-sharp, and often shockingly funny in its dry asides and understatements. Stephanie Merritt, "Mislaid & The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink review—audacious and shockingly funny," The Guardian, July 5, 2015
Origin of laconic
Laconic is derived from Laconia, Greece. The people of this region, which held Sparta as its capital, were said to be brief and concise in speech and writing. Laconic entered English in the late 1500s.