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laconic

[luh-kon-ik] /ləˈkɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise:
a laconic reply.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin Lacōnicus < Greek Lakōnikós Laconian, equivalent to Lákōn a Laconian + -ikos -ic
Related forms
laconically, adverb
unlaconic, adjective
Synonyms
brief, pithy, terse; succinct.
Antonyms
voluble.
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British Dictionary definitions for laconically

laconic

/ləˈkɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a person's speech) using few words; terse
Derived Forms
laconically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek Lakōnikos, from Lakōn Laconian, Spartan; referring to the Spartans' terseness of speech
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Word Origin and History for laconically

laconic

adj.

"concise, abrupt," 1580s, probably via Latin Laconicus, from Greek Lakonikos, from Lakon "person from Lakonia," the district around Sparta in southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famously proud of their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened them with, "If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta to the ground," the Spartans' reply was, "If." An earlier form was laconical (1570s). Related: Laconically.

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