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The word laconic is named after Laconia, a region of Greece once known for using few words. For example, when ancient Athens was fighting Sparta, Athens sent a long message saying "If we beat you, we will destroy your civilization, we will kill everybody, we will spare no-one."  The Spartans replied with one word: "If."
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  • I need more than the book and my teacher’s laconic answers to understand this material.
  • When asked why he wanted to climb the mountain, he retorted laconically, "Because it’s there."
  • People enjoy her laconic sense of humor.
  • Philip Lombard said laconically: "It might be."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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  • "Hello is girly," he informed her. "Real men are terse. Laconic."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "And dinos aren’t reptiles," Muldoon said laconically.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He found a small, oil-stained box with the abbreviation Skid. laconically marked on it in pencil.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He is a large man, slow of speech, laconic, immovable.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • "He does his job," Lawley said laconically.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  •   He did not say anything for a minute, but scratched his head and turned the snake over with his boot. "Where did you run onto that beauty, Jim?"
      "Up at the dog-town," I answered laconically.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia

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  • The comic effect in these silent movies was often Chaplin’s laconic acceptance of all the absurd things that happen to him.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • laconic farmers
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Is there a more widespread notion than the one that rural people are laconic, and is there a rural place anywhere in the world whose people really are?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  •   When I asked who had purchased it, he opened his eyes a thought wider, and paused a few seconds before replying, "It is sold, sir."
      "Pardon me," I said, with equal politeness, "but I have a special reason for wishing to know who purchased it."
      Again he paused longer, and raised his eyebrows still more.  "It is sold, sir," was again his laconic reply.
      "Surely," I said, "you do not mind letting me know so much."
      "But I do mind," he answered.  "The affairs of their clients are absolutely safe in the hands of Mitchell, Sons, & Candy."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The New England states use a terse form of instruction, a tight-lipped, laconic style sheet, wasting no words and few letters.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  •   I always had a feeling that Jack knew something about Martin that he didn’t want to mention.
      "Yeah, he’s a good guy," he answered laconically and rolled over on his back, covering his eyes against the sun.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • I appreciated her gentle, laconic manner and understanding mien toward my youth and naivety.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In the morning the Germans run him through a second, more laconic spell of questioning while a typist clatters away in the corner.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Although they might have let up for a brief time, when I listened once more they were still in action—no riotous sport this go-round, however, and no cries or arias, only the bedsprings making a decorous rhythmical twanging—laconic, measured, almost elderly.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Stealing, most like," she said laconically, returning to the herb table.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Jeremy had laconic blue eyes and a white-boy Afro.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Having neglected to pack writing paper, he began a laconic journal on some blank pages in the back ofTanaina Plantlore.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • F.C. Wintergreen answered with a laconic snort.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Yes," answered the doctor laconically, dropping the sheet he had raised.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A slight frown and a laconic "Yes," were the answer.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Considering the gravity of the occasion, I permit you to speak, my friend; but be laconic, I beg.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • To Clinton he said laconically, "To hold this spot to the last man."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "I have not sat down before Quebec, but an earthen work, that is defended by twenty-three hundred gallant men," was the laconic reply.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The report was dated Sunday, September 25, 1966, at 11:14 a.m. The text was laconic: Call from Hrk.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • After his trials at war and at sea, her island paradise must have come as a blessed relief, but her spell has worn off and she "had ceased to please," Homer says laconically.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • There was a rather pettish intonation in Fleur-de-Lys’s— laconic words.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "He went to get a horse and cart," said Brogard, laconically, as with a surly gesture, he shook off from his arm that pretty hand which princes had been proud to kiss.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Will closed by wishing her happiness, a laconic formal statement which he qualified in no way.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Free-thinkers," replied the young woman laconically.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • He — probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant — relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me, — a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Council members grilled her with a series of pointed questions focusing on the restaurant’s proximity to the Clarkston International Bible Church, and seemed on the verge of rejecting the request when a lawyer in the gallery—a local citizen with no particular authority—pointed out laconically that the council had no authority to rule on the matter one way or the other, as liquor licenses were issued by the state.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • After completion of laconic epistolary compositions she abandoned the implement of calligraphy in the encaustic pigment, exposed to the corrosive action of copperas, green vitriol and nutgall.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Levin smiled joyfully; he was struck by this transition from the confused, verbose discussion with Pestsov and his brother to this laconic, clear, almost wordless communication of the most complex ideas.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "Catched un, my dear?" laconically asked the girl called Anny.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • "Heu-heu-heu!" laughed dark Car’s mother, stroking her moustache as she explained laconically: "Out of the frying-pan into the fire!"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • His dispatches were sometimes laconic to the point of curtness, and his calm in emergencies, though admired, was often suspected of being too sincere.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The old man, shoving up the front of his tarpaulin and deliberately rubbing the long slant scar at the point where it entered the thin hair, laconically said, "Baby Budd, Jimmy Legs" (meaning the Master—at-arms) "is down on you."
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The manliness of firefighting—the virility of fires, one might say—suits the kind of laconic dialogue that fathers and sons can undertake without awkwardness or embarrassment.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • First, Jo has to complete his errand of good nature by handing over the physic he has been to get, which he delivers with the laconic verbal direction that "it’s to be all took d’rectly."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Referring to this, a prominent New England Senator, W. E. Chandler, laconically explained his retirement to private life by saying that he had been "run over by a railroad train."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • With which laconic remark Newman turned round and hobbled away.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "As you like, as you like," said Wildeve laconically.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • "Must have," Rahel said laconically.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
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