Examples of pithy in a Sentence
- … Gore's prowess had been blurred by his performance in the Quayle debate and by his four preceding years in the Senate, where the prevailing style is indirect and woolly-swathed in layers of "my distinguished colleague" and short on zingers and pithy remarks. —James Fallows, Atlantic, July 2000
- I read my poems in L.A., chatted up the literary set, waxed pithy and beleaguered at the book signings and wine and cheese receptions. —Thomas Lynch, The Undertaking, 1997
- He does not hold forth to his family or to his court of old men; he listens, … then delivers short, pithy edicts that are then followed. —Guy Martin, Esquire, June 1997
- Unlike a great many other science books, the pithy, lyrical text never bogs down in a mudflat of facts. —Leonard S. Marcus, Parenting, December/January 1996
The critic gave the film a pithy review.
The book is filled with pithy sayings about love and loss.
a pithy little Mother's Day card
Recent Examples of pithy from the Web
Puts formulated a canny musical manner that had the orchestra constantly bubbling, pulsating, simmering, and rippling as a frame for pithy vocal lines, occasionally recalling John Adams-style minimalism at high-velocity moments.
His supporters have dismissed the investigation as payback from the Kremlin’s conservative circles for his pithy satire of Russian officialdom.
Fortunately, rather than explain all this in painstaking detail, Crystal managed to deliver a pitch-perfect, appropriately pithy response.
Another day, another pithy celeb feud for the internet to obsess over.
Almost every day for the past three months, the Republican senator from Florida slips a pithy message from The Good Book into his Twitter feed for his nearly 3 million followers to digest.
A poem, by its need to distill complex thoughts to pithy brevity, will of necessity tend toward equivocality.
While the origins of the story are unclear, the pithy phrase is often re-upped today as a reminder of the perils that exist if clothing brands go political.
That will be more valuable than whatever pithy message the Democratic leadership puts together.
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Synonymsaphoristic, apothegmatic, brief, capsule, compact, compendious, crisp, curt, elliptical (or elliptic), epigrammatic, laconic, monosyllabic, concise, sententious, succinct, summary, telegraphic, terse, thumbnail
Antonymscircuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy
Related Wordsabrupt, blunt, brusque (also brusk), short, snippety, snippy; abbreviated, abridged, condensed, curtailed, shortened; meaty, substantial; meaningful, significant; well-turned
Near Antonymspleonastic, redundant, repetitious, tautological, tautologous; enlarged, expanded, supplemented; embellished, embroidered, exaggerated, inflated
Synonym Discussion of pithy
- a concise description
- a terse reply
- a succinct letter of resignation
- an aloof and laconic stranger
- a summary listing of the year's main events
- a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners
- a compendious dictionary
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