Definition of terse in English:

terse

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Pronunciation: /təːs
 
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adjective (terser, tersest)

Derivatives

tersely

adverb
More example sentences
  • Allen tersely responded at one point that ‘the board's responsibility is to put in place management to run the organisation’.
  • Having tersely summed up two arguments that I disagree with in various ways, I'll get on with my own argument.
  • Mrs Nokes proffered a hand, and the fierce rivals shook tersely before leaving the stage.

terseness

noun
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  • Murakami writes with a terseness that might be called minimalist, but the stories achieve a splendidly unminimalist richness, often taking on the potency of fable.
  • The bell boys and concierge are overrun at times with mountains of luggage and shuttle bus responsibilities and so can be forgiven their occasional terseness.
  • This insightful writing is complemented by direction that has a levelheaded terseness to it, that always keeps the film centered, and propels it forward to its inevitable climax.

Origin

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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