concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative.
a concise description terse implies pointed conciseness.
a terse reply succinct implies the greatest possible compression.
a succinct letter of resignation laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious.
an aloof and laconic stranger summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation.
a summary listing of the year's main events pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance.
a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment.
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In current use, compendious is most often applied to things that are full in scope and concise in treatment. But the word also shares a sense of "brief in statement or expression" with synonyms concise,terse,succinct,pithy,laconic, and summary.Concise simply suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative ("a concise description"). Terse implies pointed conciseness ("a terse reply"). Succinct implies the greatest possible compression ("a succinct letter of resignation"). Pithy adds the implication of richness of meaning or substance ("pithy one-liners"). Laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude or indifferent ("a laconic stranger"). Summary suggests the stating of main points with no elaboration ("a summary listing of the year’s main events").
Examples of compendious in a Sentence
her compendious knowledge of the monarch butterfly
a compendious summary of the referendum before the voters
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