Examples of terse in a Sentence
- Everything about him is tidy, from his terse wit to the flecks of gray hair that fall in precise iterations around the edges of his scalp. —Devin Gordon, Newsweek, 29 July 2002
- … Johnston stays bolted to the wheelhouse floor, wrestling the helm and jotting down notes in the ship log. His entries are terse, bullet descriptions of the unending chaos outside. —Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm, 1997
- This vicious cycle was captured succinctly in Gandhi's terse warning that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. —David McCabe, Commonweal, 11 Apr. 1997
- She accepts the caller's terse expression of sympathy and duly expresses in return her appreciation for that unenviable bit of message-bearing. —John Barth, Harper's, January 1994
She gave me a few terse instructions and promptly left the room.
could tell from his terse replies to my questions that he was in no mood to talk
Recent Examples of terse from the Web
Another got a terse letter for not spraying the mold off the side of his house frequently enough.
As Wilson unfurled his lament, taking generous pauses between phrases, Specter provided melodically terse, tautly coiled instrumental commentary.
The discussion between the city’s legal team and union representatives was terse and peppered with comments from the crowd of about 120 teachers who showed up at city hall for the public meeting.
The crescendo of their contentious relationship came in September 2016, when the two shared a visibly terse meeting on the sidelines of the G20 in Hanghzhou, China.
There’s little sign of the site’s haunting history — just a small metal placard inscribed with a terse account of the uprising in 1973.
After the body was discovered, the Defense Department issued a terse statement noting an investigation was underway.
The Army has been closed mouthed about the incident, issuing a terse two-sentence reply to questions Friday.
In a terse statement sent to reporters around 2 a.m. Beijing time, Anbang said only that Wu -- who had spent more than a decade transforming the company into a global juggernaut -- was no longer able to serve in his post because of personal reasons.
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Origin and Etymology of terse
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonymsaphoristic, apothegmatic, brief, capsule, compact, compendious, crisp, curt, elliptical (or elliptic), epigrammatic, laconic, monosyllabic, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, telegraphic, concise, 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 terse
- 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
TERSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of terse for English Language Learners
: brief and direct in a way that may seem rude or unfriendly
TERSE Defined for Kids
Definition of terse for Students
- a terse statement
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