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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.
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terse

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

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

adjective
Marked by or consisting of few words that are carefully chosen:
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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
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terse

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

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

[tɜːs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (style) → conciso/a; (reply) → laconico/a
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