adjective, ters·er, ters·est.
Origin of terse
Examples from the Web for terseness
Trifling ones have survived, with scarcely any pretensions but the terseness of their trifles.English Critical Essays|Various
His terseness sometimes degenerated into abruptness and obscurity.
In point of brevity and terseness of statement, it will be found to have no superior.Harper's New Monthly Magazine|Various
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 prolixity often serves as a foil to the terseness of Champlain, and suggests that he must have been a merciless talker.The Founder of New France: A Chronicle of Champlain|Charles W. Colby
British Dictionary definitions for terseness
Word Origin for terse
Word Origin and History for terseness
1590s (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from French ters "clean," from Latin tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from past participle of tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Sense of "concise or pithy in style or language" is from 1777, which led to a general sense of "neatly concise." The pejorative meaning "brusque" is a fairly recent development. Related: Terseness.