laconic

  • 1 laconic — LACÓNIC, Ă, laconici, ce, adj. (Despre vorbire, stil) Care se exprimă în puţine cuvinte; scurt, succint, concis, lapidar. ♦ (Despre oameni) Care vorbeşte puţin (şi precis). – Din fr. laconique. Trimis de ana zecheru, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98 … …

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  • 2 Laconic — 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; concise;… …

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  • 3 Laconic — La*con ic, n. Laconism. [Obs.] Addison. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 laconic — I adjective abbreviated, abridged, adstrictus, brevis, brief, brusque, closemouthed, compendious, compressed, concise, condensed, contracted, curt, economical of words, epigrammatic, exact, mum, pauciloquent, pithy, pointed, precise, quiet,… …

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  • 5 laconic — (adj.) concise, abrupt, 1580s, probably via L. Laconicus, from Gk. 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… …

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  • 6 laconic — succinct, terse, *concise, summary, pithy, compendious Analogous words: curt, brusque (see BLUFF): *brief, short Antonyms: verbose Contrasted words: *wordy, prolix, diffuse: loquacious, *talkative, voluble, glib, garrulous …

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  • 7 laconic — [adj] short, to the point breviloquent, brief, brusque, compact, compendiary, compendious, concise, crisp, curt, pithy, sententious, short and sweet*, succinct, terse; concepts 267,773,798 Ant. long winded, verbose, wordy …

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  • 8 laconic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ using very few words; terse. DERIVATIVES laconically adverb. ORIGIN Greek Lak nikos, from Lak n Laconia, Sparta , the Spartans being known for their terse speech …

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  • 9 laconic — [lə kän′ik] adj. [L Laconicus < Gr Lakōnikos, Laconian < Lakōn, a Laconian, Spartan] brief or terse in speech or expression; using few words SYN. CONCISE laconically adv …

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  • 10 Laconic —    Laconia, that ancient Greek country of which Lacedaemon or Sparta was the capital, was the land of the Spartans. Sparta was also known as Laconia, and Spartans as Laconians. These people were noted for their parsimonious speech. The name of… …

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  • 11 laconic — [[t]ləkɒ̱nɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as laconic, you mean that they use very few words to say something, so that they seem casual or unfriendly. Usually so laconic in the office, Dr. Lahey seemed less guarded, more relaxed... At… …

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  • 12 laconic — adjective 1) his laconic comment Syn: brief, concise, terse, succinct, short, pithy See note at terse Ant: verbose 2) their laconic press agent …

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  • 13 laconic — laconically, adv. /leuh kon ik/, adj. using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply. [1580 90; < L Laconicus < Gk Lakonikós Laconian, equiv. to Lákon a Laconian + ikos IC] Syn. brief, pithy, terse; succinct. Ant. voluble …

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  • 14 laconic — [16] The Greek term for an inhabitant of the ancient region of Laconia, in the southern Peloponnese, and of its capital Sparta, was Lákōn. The Spartans were renowned for not using two words where one would do (there is a story that when Philip of …

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  • 15 laconic — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. concise, pithy. See shortness, diffuseness. Ant., wordy. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. concise, brief, uncommunicative; see concise , short 2 , taciturn , terse . See Synonym Study at concise …

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  • 16 laconic — la|con|ic [ lə kanık ] adjective using very few words: a laconic response ╾ la|con|i|cal|ly [ lə kanıkli ] adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 laconic — UK [ləˈkɒnɪk] / US [ləˈkɑnɪk] adjective using very few words a laconic response Derived word: laconically UK [ləˈkɒnɪk(ə)lɪ] / US [ləˈkɑnɪk(ə)lɪ] adverb …

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  • 18 laconic — la•con•ic [[t]ləˈkɒn ɪk[/t]] adj. using few words; terse; concise: a laconic reply[/ex] • Etymology: 1580–90; < L Lacōnicus < Gk Lakōnikós Laconian =Lákōn a Laconian + ikos ic la•con′i•cal•ly, adv …

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  • 19 laconic — [16] The Greek term for an inhabitant of the ancient region of Laconia, in the southern Peloponnese, and of its capital Sparta, was Lákōn. The Spartans were renowned for not using two words where one would do (there is a story that when Philip of …

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  • 20 laconic — adj. 1 (of a style of speech or writing) brief; concise; terse. 2 (of a person) laconic in speech etc. Derivatives: laconically adv. laconicism n. Etymology: L f. Gk Lakonikos f. Lakon Spartan, the Spartans being known for their terse speech …

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