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terse

[ turs ]
/ tɜrs /
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adjective, ters·er, ters·est.

neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
abruptly concise; curt; brusque.

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Origin of terse

1595–1605; <Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre to rub off, wipe off, clean, polish

synonym study for terse

1, 2. See concise.

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British Dictionary definitions for terse

terse
/ (tɜːs) /

adjective

neatly brief and concise
curt; abrupt

Derived forms of terse

tersely, adverbterseness, noun

Word Origin for terse

C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish
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