[ turs ]
/ tɜrs /
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adjective, ters·er, ters·est.
OTHER WORDS FOR terse
1 succinct, compact, brief, epigrammatic, compendious.
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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 terseterse·ly, adverbterse·ness, nounun·terse, adjectiveun·terse·ness, noun
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How to use terse in a sentence
It has the terseness of the French, without the grandiloquence of the Spanish, being derived directly from the Latin.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes|Sylvia Sunshine
In spite of the curt terseness of the word, Nancy quite understood the anxiety that lay behind that short "well?"Pollyanna|Eleanor H. Porter
"No, Gregory; it is not," Mrs. Forrester returned with some terseness, for she felt his remark to be unbecoming.Tante|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He scarcely ever reached again this terseness and vivacity of style, and this entrain.The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare|J. J. Jusserand
"His methods do not lack terseness," remarked Lewes, when he and Challis were out of earshot of the cottage.The Wonder|J. D. Beresford
British Dictionary definitions for terse
/ (tɜːs) /
neatly brief and concise
Derived forms of tersetersely, adverbterseness, noun
Word Origin for terse
C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish
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