laconic

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From Latin Lacōnicus (Spartan), from Ancient Greek Λακωνικός (Lakōnikós, Laconian). Laconia was the region inhabited and ruled by the Spartans, who were known for their brevity in speech.

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laconic (comparative more laconic, superlative most laconic)

  1. Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.
    • August 17, 1736, Alexander Pope, letter to Jonathan Swift
      I grow laconick even beyond laconicism; for sometimes I return only yes, or no, to questionary or petitionary epistles of half a yard long.
    • (Can we date this quote by Welwood and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      His sense was strong and his style laconic.

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