terseness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terseness - a neatly short and concise expressive style
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
conciseness, concision, pithiness, succinctness - terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words
crispness - an expressive style that is direct and to the point; "the crispness of his reply"
brevity - the use of brief expressions
laconicism, laconism - terseness of expression
verboseness, verbosity - an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
Translations

terseness

[ˈtɜːsnɪs] Nlaconismo m, sequedad f

terseness

nKnappheit f; (of reply also, person)Kürze f, → Bündigkeit f

terseness

[ˈtɜːsnɪs] n (see adj) → concisione f, laconicità f inv
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In spite of the curt terseness of the word, Nancy quite understood the anxiety that lay behind that short "well?
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Bagnet's health, always given by himself on these occasions in a speech of exemplary terseness.
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Narrated in Fiora's voice, the writing achieves a satisfying lyrical terseness at times, unadorned and yet deeply meaningful.
The film's terseness - suicidally un-Bond-like, in some eyes - suited his own.
A: Well, I must give you this month's award for terseness.
The authors' terseness keeps the book moving forward at a fast pace, with each subsequent event limited to a single paragraph.
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There is not a word wasted in these short, sharp, epigraphic paragraphs that rival even Hemingway in their terseness (and whose masterpiece, The Old Man And The Sea is an obvious antecedent).