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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I will not promise even to equal the elegant terseness of Mrs.
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Bagnet's health, always given by himself on these occasions in a speech of exemplary terseness.
In spite of the curt terseness of the word, Nancy quite understood the anxiety that lay behind that short "well?
I'm troubled a bit by the terseness, the awkward grammar and the punctuation, all of which distract me.
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In examining the composer's settings of Heine's poetry, Susan Youens argues that Liszt "understood the radicalism of Heine's poetic project and created futuristic tonal realizations of his [Heine's] bitterness and terseness.
It is a scene of almost unbearable barbarity and is all the more savage because of the terseness of the writing.
A degree of terseness in verbal reports of an action can be considered as a symptom of material agency.
Reed's music had that room: a lot of repetition, empty spaces, terseness, intuition, blankness, bluntness, talking as singing.
It is deployed as an act of vengeance, and when it has arrived at its destination, the novel itself moves to closure without any emotion and with the same kind of merciless terseness as Bassam has conducted himself: