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Laconian

[luh-koh-nee-uh n] /ləˈkoʊ ni ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Laconia or its people.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of ancient Laconia.
Origin of Laconian
1820-1830
1820-30; laconi(a) + -an
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  • The dialect of the Inachus valley seems to resemble Laconian more closely than does that of the rest of the Argolic area.

  • No one, I take it, will dispute the splendour, the perfection of the Laconian constitution.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • At the date of Mnasippus's death he chanced to be off Sphagiae in Laconian territory.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Or is it on these Laconian friends of yours that you pride yourselves?

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Its most valuable paintings and sculptures were conveyed to the Laconian capital, and great part of the city destroyed.

  • Some one then asked him, "Laconian, what have you gained by your victory?"

  • At this Lysander determined to have an interview with him, and there took place a short and truly Laconian dialogue between them.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  • Of the old dialects Doric alone appears to have survived in the Tsaconic of the Laconian hills.

    Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane
  • A despatch was captured, written in the Laconian fashion, informing the Ephors of the disaster.

  • This was the style of their talk; so that some have well said that philosophy is more truly Laconian than gymnastic exercises.

British Dictionary definitions for Laconian

Laconian

/ləˈkəʊnɪən/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Laconia, the ancient Greek country of which Sparta was the capital
adjective
2.
of or relating to Laconia or its inhabitants
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