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Meaning of LACONIC

Pronunciation:  lu'kânik

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"

LACONIC is a 7 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: concise, crisp, curt, terse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \La*con"ic\, Laconical \La*con"ic*al\, a. [L. Laconicus
    Laconian, Gr. ??, fr. ?? a Laconian, Laced[ae]monian, or
    Spartan: cf. F. laconique.]
    1. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the
       Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; brusque;
       epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form.
             I grow laconic even beyond laconicism; for sometimes
             I return only yes, or no, to questionary or
             petitionary epistles of half a yard long. --Pope.
             His sense was strong and his style laconic.
    2. Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence,
       stern or severe; cruel; unflinching.
             His head had now felt the razor, his back the rod;
             all that laconical discipline pleased him well.
                                                   --Bp. Hall.
    Syn: Short; brief; concise; succinct; sententious; pointed;
    Usage: {Laconic}, {Concise}. Concise means without irrelevant
           or superfluous matter; it is the opposite of diffuse.
           Laconic means concise with the additional quality of
           pithiness, sometimes of brusqueness.
  2. \La*con"ic\, n.
    Laconism. [Obs.] --Addison.
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