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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

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre “to rub off, wipe off, clean, polish”

synonym study for terse

1, 2. See concise.

OTHER WORDS FROM terse

terse·ly, adverbterse·ness, nounun·terse, adjectiveun·terse·ness, noun
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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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