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1(of language or style) concise and forcefully expressive.
concise, short, brief, compact, condensed, crisp, laconic, terse, tight, to the point, economic, thumbnail, summary, short and sweet, in a few well-chosen words, compendious, epigrammatic, synoptic, aphoristic, gnomicView synonyms
- ‘For once, I have no pithy rejoinder to tack on to a post.’
- ‘He wrote plain English, punctuated by short pithy sentences.’
- ‘Soames looked him up and down before dismissing him with a pithy phrase from a great wartime leader.’
- ‘The narration is flooded with wonderfully pithy, insightful commentary.’
- ‘Every few minutes our phones beep with some pithy comment from each other.’
- ‘The bard might have had some pithy poetic observations on Wilson's vision of corporate sponsorship.’
- ‘Fighting for the Future, for all its provocative arguments and pithy language, sometimes borders on the apocalyptic.’
- ‘We live in the age of fast food and pithy one-liners.’
- ‘The emails ranged from pithy observations to throwaway responses.’
- ‘One of those pithy phrases that tie together life, death, and the transcendental power of the written word.’
- ‘And it's years since I've heard anyone pile up as many pithy one-liners.’
- ‘Knox delivers his one pithy line of the scene.’
- ‘But Porter does not shy away from the pithy language of the street, when it seems called for.’
- ‘I'm too tired to come up with something pithy.’
- ‘I didn't truly understand Dean Ricci when he uttered this pithy quote during an admissions interview.’
- ‘Maybe you'll be glad to see the end of my pithy exam summaries, who knows?’
- ‘And I'm not going to end with a pithy summary.’
- ‘And the connection is a pithy phrase of Deputy Noonan's dating back to the 1987 election campaign.’
- ‘- Thanks to Joe for this pithy summary of the relevant issues.’
- ‘The clarity of ideas and the interlacing of pithy quotes make this a readable, thought-provoking book.’
2(of a fruit or plant) containing much pith.
- ‘When the trees bloom in March or April, the Walkers try to remove any remaining old, pithy fruit.’
- ‘In particular, its attractive golden rind is not a distinct, pithy covering like that of a true citrus fruit, but is thin, soft, and pulpy.’
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