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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He related very distinctly and, for the man, with amazing terseness, the suspicion against the hunter, the complaint, the issuing of the warrant, and the swearing in of Kirby; all of which, he affirmed, were done in due form of law.
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The reaction of Trump was indicative of this when he said, with uncharacteristic terseness, "no comment." During the press conference between Macron and Trump, however, the US leader insisted that he would not mind meeting with the Iranian president, while maintaining that Iran remains the primary global sponsor of terrorism and that it needs to change its regional behavior.
MUCH OF Michael Longley's reflections in Angel Hill, his eleventh collection, dwell upon a past that refuses to be buried, a past that is still marked both in the landscape and in the psyche--"a ghost hole / For immaterial airmen and stray birds." At times, it reads as neo-imagist, with a terseness that rings strikingly of Amy Lowell and, perhaps most fittingly.
As it turns out, among the approximately ninety assertory oaths in Sandowicz's text sample, there are not as many plainly judicial texts as might have been expected with the kind of dispositive assertory oath that one is accustomed to seeing in other periods (a number of texts are unclear in this regard, due to tablet damage or terseness, and so it is difficult to speak in specific numbers).
And it took a little while for people to get comfortable with sometimes my directness and terseness. So it wasn't difficult but there were certainly some differences in transition for me and for them.
However, his final remark of "I don't know what's happening with referees at the moment" told us the reason for his terseness.
First, Thomas continually demonstrates his ubermenschian physical prowess; second, Thomas constantly reinforces his "masculinity" through his extraordinary threshold for pain; and, third, above all else, Thomas, even more so than Hemingway's tenente, maintains an incredible terseness throughout the novella.
"My parents lived in Scotland for 25 years and there is an integrity and courage particular to a certain sort of Scot which is often mistaken for terseness or brusqueness.