Laconic is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of laconic, followed by 36 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - brief and to the point; effectively cut short
EXAMPLES - Laconic in a Sentence
- Those words being primarily 'laconic' and 'sardonic'. (source)
- I must have some kind of laconic contempt of pleasure. (source)
- The conversation is mostly laconic, superficial banter. (source)
- "My Dad and Mum stopped having kids," came the laconic reply. (source)
- Plus, he wouldn't have to look up "laconic" in the dictionary. (source)
- The Jewish-racism-Blogspot-guy needs to learn the meaning of "laconic". (source)
- The Spartans were dignified, austere, and of few words, "laconic" in speech. (source)
- But most of all I love the overtly laconic way Perry talked about the incident. (source)
- If anything, the laconic actor would look at home selling suntan lotion or surfboards. (source)
- So, it seems that we get the word 'laconic' from the Spartans, or Laconians, of ancient Greece. (source)
- Bogdan from Zagreb was the driver, laconic and, I hoped, tireless; we had a very long road ahead. (source)
- He brings a new meaning to the word laconic and his choice of words is as accurate as his spicing. (source)
- Ramirez showed off his fluid, easy delivery, a laconic motion that belies the 100-mph power in his right arm. (source)
- To the Persian command to give up their weapons, the "laconic" reply was given by Leonidas, "Come and get them." (source)
- The prints are laconic instructions born out of the question WWERD when faced with a plate of Totten Virginica's Oysters. (source)
- Bush, on the other hand, was characterized as a laconic, likable fella who you'd want to have a beer with at a backyard cook-out. (source)
- Tanaka Gin was a slender, dark-faced man with the kind of laconic grace one often found in Japan's cinema detec - tives or samurai heroes. (source)
- He remembered her as laconic, fatigued, but she'd waitressed full time while Ben was finishing his program, and no doubt at the time Was tired. (source)
- This style of speaking, where much was said in few words, was so usual in the whole country of Laconia, that it is still known as the laconic style. (source)
- The bioethicist was a laconic young asex with blond dreadlocks and a T-shirt which flashed up the slogan SAY NO TO TOE! in between the paid advertising. (source)
- He struck me as well-informed, fast on his thinking feet, not without a bit of defensiveness, laconic, a decent listener, and, generally, a bit Obamesque. (source)
- TURAN: Blanchett is an actress who's always involving, and Crowe is very much in his element as an intrepid, laconic archer who lets his arrows do the talking. (source)
- The screen writers did their homework in preserving many famous sayings attributed to the Spartans, who were noted in antiquity for their "laconic" style of speaking. (source)
- All traces of courtly refinement and laconic humour had vanished; he was now callous and vulpine, the renegade spirit of the hoodlum streets returning to his lost playground. (source)
- Today, however, he is very much on, promoting Get Him To The Greek, a sequel to the 2008 hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall in which he played laconic British rock star Aldous Snow. (source)
- WANG: As a rapper, Guru was one of hip-hops most distinct voices: He was never the most intricate stylist, but with his laconic monotone, there was something mesmerizing in his flow. (source)
- Mr. Nelson is the most laconic of hosts, kicking back with a beer when he's not singing "Hello Walls" or sharing a duet with the grave baritone eminence of country outlaw Waylon Jennings. (source)
- Franklin a relaxed Ricardo Frederick Evans is laconic to a fault, in Emma's view, and Kari Ginsburg brings a needy urgency to Emma as she presses Franklin to open up about the past and present. (source)
- In a star-making performance, Mitchum cemented his image as a laconic, heavy-lidded fatalist, while the white-hot Greer - radiant as Kathie-executes one of the most sensual entrances in film history. (source)
- It's been adapted by Clotilde Dusoulier of the blog Chocolate & Zucchini and an unnamed posse of experts who filled in some of Mathiot's "laconic" instructions, reduced cooking times, and lightened up on the butter. (source)
- Joaquin the Authenticity Agent: in watching the interviews on "You Tube" and reading the coverage of Joaquin's laconic media confessions, I am in awe of the fresh breeze of authenticity that he brought to the media scene. (source)
- At its best, "Cop Diary" recalled the old New Yorker - not the famously twee New Yorker of the Shawn era, glorious as that could be, but an older old New Yorker, a kind of laconic blarney with roots deep in Joseph Mitchell. (source)
- There was also a two-hour garage-rock and swirly psych show on Friday nights, with a presenter (I forget his name) whose spoken links occasionally interrupted the dead air between tunes, bringing new meaning to the word "laconic". (source)
- There were about ten of us in the theater, and that included me and three friends, who wished to accompany me on the minor purgatorial journey, if only to see a stern Tom Hanks working in anti-laconic fashion to save a CGI-constructed Vatican from destruction by an antimatter bomb. (source)
- So it has fallen to the near-laconic Bernanke, the academician from Princeton who is so cheery he became an expert on the Great Depression, to calm the fears of an American public that is worried about unemployment in the U.S., has watched stocks fall since April and looks to Europe and Asia with a worried eye. (source)
- But most of all, this supposedly laconic and soundless generation saw the 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education that lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott that lead to the desegregation of Little Rock that became the fountainhead of one the most significant revolutions in America's public policy since our 18th Century independence - the Civil Rights Movement. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 36 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "laconic" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 14 synonyms for laconic.
breviloquent, brief, brusque, compact, compendiary, compendious, concise, crisp, curt, pithy, sententious, short and sweet, succinct, terse
We have 3 antonyms for laconic.
long-winded, verbose, wordy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of laconic from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise. See Synonyms at silent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) 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.
- (adjective) Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence, stern or severe; cruel; unflinching.
- (noun) Laconism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Pertaining to Laconia or its inhabitants; Lacedæmonian or Spartan.
- (None) Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the ancient Laconians; sententious; pithy; short; brief: as, a laconic phrase.
- (None) Characteristic of the Laconians; inexorable; stern; severe.
- (None) Synonyms Condensed, Succinct, etc. See concise.
- (noun) Conciseness of language; laconicism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) brief and to the point; effectively cut short