brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
of, like, or abounding in pith.
- pith·i·ly, adverb
- pith·i·ness, noun
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How to use pithy in a sentence
The one hiccup in this pithy and persuasive work is a detour denouncing the broad scope of presidential authority.A fed-up judge condemns the inequities in America’s legal system | Michael Bobelian | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Twitter has been doubling down on video services within its app, building out Twitter Live and recently launching Fleets so that users can share more moving media alongside their pithy 180-word observations, links and still photos.Twitter app code indicates that live video broadcasting app Periscope may get shut down | Ingrid Lunden | December 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
The Washington region’s favorite canvas for pithy commentary bears a new message, one that gives voice to a sentiment more than half the country apparently feels.From ‘Surrender Dorothy’ to ‘Surrender Donald’: The Beltway bridge has a new message | John Kelly | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
But if they hear what they heard being forcefully and pithily countered with other facts, they might think, “hey, wait a minute.”Michael Tomasky on How Obama Needs to Make Mitt Unacceptable Again | Michael Tomasky | October 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
They had been buried in their brocades, as has been pithily remarked, and forgotten.South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
Poeta nascitur non fit, to quote the old Latin saying, which puts the matter much more pithily than Moore.
It was familiar to the Scholastics, and it was pithily formulated by Suarez as, "Public is to be preferred to private good."Consumers and Wage-Earners | J. Elliot Ross
Thus pithily wrote Henry Thoreau, the quaint philosopher, in his little shack by the beautiful Walden pool.The Fourth Watch | H. A. Cody
Indeed, he was more than a husband: he was, as an intimate friend once pithily remarked, a very mother to her.George Eliot | Mathilde Blind
British Dictionary definitions for pithy
terse and full of meaning or substance
of, resembling, or full of pith
- pithily, adverb
- pithiness, noun
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