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
He has also made a number of pithy and sometimes contradictory statements about how he believes the site should moderate content—among them, that Twitter should and will remove only speech that is illegal.Elon Musk doesn’t know what it takes to make a digital town square | Jillian C. York | October 29, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
His are usually pithy and want to embarrass you into giving.
Other times, she has crystallized concerns with a pithy tweet.They called it a conspiracy theory. But Alina Chan tweeted life into the idea that the virus came from a lab. | Antonio Regalado | June 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
From shrinking willies to volcanic eruptions, disappearing hazelnut coffees to pithy brews, we celebrate Earth Day by reflecting on the all-too-human costs of climate change.
I was constantly pulling out pithy facts about how we’re not implementing solutions on the necessary scale.
I had the pleasure of hearing one—a short, pithy gem called “The Italian System”—at a reading in Trastevere last month.
Each work is a pithy marvel that captures the languorous excitement (and sometimes the radiant gloom) of a summer day to remember.One Perfect Summer Day in Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and Others | Matt Seidel | September 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mandery knows when to be pithy and when to go long, like in passages about the subtleties of memoranda.
She was always alert to what was going on, and her comments were pithy and to the point.Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan: The Ultimate ’80s Power Couple | George Shultz | April 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He defines Dynamic Inaction with one pithy aphorism: “When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.”When In Doubt, Mumble—Dynamic Inaction May Be Our Best Hope | Joe McLean | April 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The wicked man's epitaph, as a rule, may be generally appropriately written in the pithy words "He was, and is not."The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
He is in speech eloquent and pithy; but which is chiefest, he is in religion, as religious in life as he is sincere in profession.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird
The familiar voice that gave utterance to this pithy affirmation proceeded from the doorway leading into the reception hall.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
As pithy an inscription appears on the bell of S. Ives, which is rung early in the morning.Curious Church Customs | Various
Aphorism, af′or-izm, n. a concise statement of a principle in any science: a brief, pithy saying: an adage.
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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