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terse

 (tûrs)
adj. ters·er, ters·est
Brief and to the point; effectively concise: a terse one-word answer.

[Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre, to cleanse.]

terse′ly adv.
terse′ness n.

terse

(tɜːs)
adj
1. neatly brief and concise
2. curt; abrupt
[C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish]
ˈtersely adv
ˈterseness n

terse

(tɜrs)

adj. ters•er, ters•est.
1. neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
2. abruptly concise; curt; brusque.
[1595–1605; < Latin tersus neat, polished, past participle of tergēre to rub, polish]
terse′ly, adv.
terse′ness, n.
syn: See concise.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.terse - brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"

terse

adjective
1. curt, abrupt, brusque, short, rude, tart, snappy, gruff His tone was terse as he asked the question.
curt polite, chatty

terse

adjective
Marked by or consisting of few words that are carefully chosen:
Translations
ぶっきらぼうな簡明な

terse

[tɜːs] ADJ (terser (compar) (tersest (superl))) [reply, tone, person] → lacónico, seco; [statement] → escueto

terse

[ˈtɜːrs] adj [style] → concis(e); [reply] → laconique; [statement] → concis(e); [voice] → sec(sèche)

terse

adj (+er)knapp; he was very terseer war sehr kurz angebunden

terse

[tɜːs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (style) → conciso/a; (reply) → laconico/a
References in classic literature ?
They have provided a system which for terse comprehensiveness surpasses Justinian's Pandects and the By-laws of the Chinese Society for the Suppression of Meddling with other People's Business.
Jacot gave a few terse orders to the sergeant who saluted, turned upon his heel and returned to the men.
It was short and terse, the warning, as I now read it to my companion:
In one long row, around the great hall, were painted the portraits of the Doges of Venice (venerable fellows, with flowing white beards, for of the three hundred Senators eligible to the office, the oldest was usually chosen Doge,) and each had its complimentary inscription attached--till you came to the place that should have had Marino Faliero's picture in it, and that was blank and black--blank, except that it bore a terse inscription, saying that the conspirator had died for his crime.
Hilbery, and thus terse and learned and altogether out of keeping with the rest, but Mrs.
A derelict," was the terse explanation of the officer of the watch.
His terse communications had found their way into the Press, and in them and in the boy's letter she seemed to discover something Caesaric.
And after it was all over, and a terse and business-like agreement
Bald and terse as the statement was, I now found it infinitely alluring.
He called up the workshop, and in crisp, terse sentences gave his orders in a way that went to the older man's heart.
Questions to be asked in regard to external style are such as these: Is it good or bad, careful or careless, clear and easy or confused and difficult; simple or complex; terse and forceful (perhaps colloquial) or involved and stately; eloquent, balanced, rhythmical; vigorous, or musical, languid, delicate and decorative; varied or monotonous; plain or figurative; poor or rich in connotation and poetic suggestiveness; beautiful, or only clear and strong?
This time he did not trouble himself to make excuses as before, and his letters were less frequent, and shorter and less affectionate, especially after the first few weeks: they came slower and slower, and more terse and careless every time.