November 23, 2011
laconic (adjective)
\luh-KAH-nik\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: using few words : terse
How do you use it?
"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)
Are you a word wiz?

We'll be brief. Which word means the opposite of "laconic"?

Answer B is, in a word, correct. "Wordy" means using a lot of words. All the other answers are synonyms of "laconic" and mean "very brief in expression." "Laconic" comes from "Laconia," the name of a region in Greece. Modern day Laconia is a department of Greece, but "laconic" goes back to the ancient province of Laconia and its capital, Sparta. The Spartans had a reputation for being strong, silent types. They were known not only for strict discipline and avoidance of luxury, but also for terseness of speech. Greek "lakonikos," meaning "Spartan," was adopted by the Romans as "laconicus," the ancestor of our English word "laconic."
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