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Sparing in the use of words; abrupt:‘a terse statement’
curt, brusque, abrupt, clipped, blunt, gruff, short, brief, concise, succinct, to the point, compact, crisp, pithy, incisive, short and sweet, economical, laconic, epigrammatic, summary, condensedView synonyms
- ‘The language in the book is terse and concise, almost laconic, and very much to the point.’
- ‘The material is clearly set out in short, terse points and this enables you to save time researching vast amounts of material.’
- ‘I got a terse letter informing me he had raised the issues I had mentioned with the relevant parties and he could do no more for me.’
- ‘The submitted essays range in length from a few terse words to a screenful of close type.’
- ‘The terse statement issued by both parties today didn't elaborate on the deal.’
- ‘The pity and the terror of the situation is conveyed in terse crisp prose.’
- ‘As the terse replies pile up, I am on the point of suggesting that he looks weary, as though his dog has died, only for it to emerge that his dog has died.’
- ‘In a terse statement on the subject, Alcatel said the redundancies were part of its cost management initiatives.’
- ‘A private school has sent a terse letter to parents instructing them how to behave properly at sports events.’
- ‘As far as I can tell, the Times has yet to expand on its original terse and unbylined story.’
- ‘The author favours short, spare sentences and a terse descriptive style.’
- ‘It's not so much that he is a good writer: there are lots of people out there who can write with angry terse eloquence, even if not enough do.’
- ‘He will also be fondly remembered for terse and often humorous phrases, anecdotes and gems of wisdom.’
- ‘I duly and rapidly typed and laminated a terse notice and stuck it on the wall requesting the return of said item and then forgot about it.’
- ‘His work is a collection of many short terse sentences which convey the barest minimum of teaching about yoga.’
- ‘It was a typically terse rejoinder from a character who has never hidden his mystification for those who squander their natural talent.’
- ‘The board also issued a terse statement which was a big slap in the face for their second-largest individual shareholder.’
- ‘It is his kind, if rather terse and gruff manner that has turned his shop into an excellent meeting place for people and ideas.’
- ‘The terse, 10-word motion will be considered by members in a special hour-long debate this afternoon.’
- ‘Naturally, the major agencies have all issued terse statements rejecting the allegations.’
Early 17th century: from Latin tersus wiped, polished, from the verb tergere. The original sense was ‘polished, trim, spruce’, (relating to language) ‘polished, polite’, hence ‘concise and to the point’ (late 18th century).
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