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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 La·con·ic·al a. See Laconic, a.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 La·con·ic La·con·ic·al a.
 1. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; concise; brusque; epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form.
    I grow laconic even beyond laconicism; for sometimes I return only yes, or no, to questionary or petitionary epistles of half a yard long.   --Pope.
    His sense was strong and his style laconic.   --Welwood.
 2. Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence, stern or severe; cruel; unflinching.
    His head had now felt the razor, his back the rod; all that laconical discipline pleased him well.   --Bp. Hall.
 Syn: -- Short; brief; concise; succinct; sententious; pointed; pithy.
 Usage: -- Laconic, Concise. Concise means without irrelevant or superfluous matter; it is the opposite of diffuse. Laconic means concise with the additional quality of pithiness, sometimes of brusqueness.