(?), a. Of or pertaining to Laconia, a division of ancient Greece; Spartan. -- n. An inhabitant of Laconia; esp., a Spartan.





(?), } a. [L. Laconicus Laconian, Gr. , fr. a Laconian, Lacedmonian, or Spartan: cf. F. laconique.] 1. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; concise; brusque; epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form.
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I grow laconic even beyond laconicism; for sometimes I return only yes, or no, to questionary or petitionary epistles of half a yard long.
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His sense was strong and his style laconic.
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2. Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence, stern or severe; cruel; unflinching.
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His head had now felt the razor, his back the rod; all that laconical discipline pleased him well.
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Syn. -- Short; brief; concise; succinct; sententious; pointed; pithy. -- 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.
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