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 their country, Laconia, has given English the adjective laconic, which means brief, concise, pithy. On one occasion Philip of Macedon threatened to invade their land. He announced: "If I enter Laconia, I will level it to the ground." The response he received was a single word: "If." That's laconic at its best. An equally famous classic example of a laconic message is: "Veni, vidi, vici" — Caesar's concise report ("1 came, I saw, I conquered"). Sir Charles Napier, British soldier and administrator, served in India. In 1842, Napier seized Sind and noted that he had no right to do so. His dispatch of the news of his conquest was one Latin word: "Peccavi" ("I have sinned"). The historical accuracy of this pun has not been substantiated. A lady sitting next to President Coolidge tried to coax him into talking with her. "I made a bet, Mr. Coolidge, that I could get more than two words out of you." Said Coolidge, "You lose." On a more contemporary note, General McAuliffe's reply to the German demand during World War II that he surrender was a single word: "Nuts!"

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  • 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 … …   Dicționar Român

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Laconic — La*con ic, n. Laconism. [Obs.] Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   English dictionary

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