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Definition of "laconism" [lac•o•nism]

  • Terseness or succinctness of style or expression. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "laconism" in a sentence
  • "First he had not sufficient command of English to translate with the necessary laconism and assonance: secondly in his day British Philistinism was too rampant to permit a literal translation."
  • "Jake Gyllenhaal brought just the right mix of cowboy laconism, and passion, to Brokeback Mountain, a film that's on the trail toward rustling up Oscar gold."
  • "I am glad you have connected your negotiations and anecdotes; and, I hope, not with your usual laconism."