Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The utterance of few words.

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

  • noun rare Brevity in speech.

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  • noun uncommon Economical speech; the use of few words when speaking; laconism.

Etymologies

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From the Classical Latin pauciloquium ("the fact of speaking few words"), from pauci- ("little”, “few") + -loquium (from loquor ("I speak")).

Examples

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  • Brevity in speech.

    May 13, 2008

  • Use language with careful facility.

    Let silence project as humility.

    Some, when laconic,

    Seem downright moronic,

    The artful are praised for pauciloquy.

    September 8, 2017