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[lak-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈlæk əˌnɪz əm/
laconic brevity.
a laconic utterance or sentence.
Also, laconicism
[luh-kon-uh-siz-uh m] /ləˈkɒn əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of laconism
1560-70; < Greek lakōnismós, noun answering to lakōnízein to favor or imitate the Spartans. See laconic, -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This I shall endeavour to interpret, by developing to the best of my ability the laconism of the philosophical naturalist.

    What is Property? P. J. Proudhon
  • She answered other questions with equal firmness and laconism.

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

    Friend Mac Donald Max O'Rell
  • 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


noun (rare)
economy of expression
a terse saying
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