from The Century Dictionary.

  • Briefly; concisely: as, a sentiment laconically expressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a laconic manner.

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  • adverb In a terse manner, given to using few words.

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  • adverb in a dry laconic manner


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From Laconia, the section of ancient Greece the Spartans came from, who were notoriously short of speech.


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