Adjective "Terse" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Sparing in the use of words; abrupt.
  1. 'The submitted essays range in length from a few terse words to a screenful of close type.'
  2. 'The board also issued a terse statement which was a big slap in the face for their second-largest individual shareholder.'
  3. 'A private school has sent a terse letter to parents instructing them how to behave properly at sports events.'
  4. 'The author favours short, spare sentences and a terse descriptive style.'
  5. 'The material is clearly set out in short, terse points and this enables you to save time researching vast amounts of material.'
  6. 'I duly and rapidly typed and laminated a terse notice and stuck it on the wall requesting the return of said item and then forgot about it.'
  7. 'The language in the book is terse and concise, almost laconic, and very much to the point.'
  8. 'Naturally, the major agencies have all issued terse statements rejecting the allegations.'
  9. 'As far as I can tell, the Times has yet to expand on its original terse and unbylined story.'
  10. 'It is his kind, if rather terse and gruff manner that has turned his shop into an excellent meeting place for people and ideas.'


1. neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.

2. abruptly concise; curt; brusque.

More examples(as adjective)

"voices can be terse with questions."

"questions can be terse to points."

"statements can be terse."

"voices can be terse."

"people can be terse."

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Early 17th century: from Latin tersus ‘wiped, polished’, from the verb tergere. The original sense was ‘polished, trim, spruce’, (relating to language) ‘polished, polite’, hence ‘concise and to the point’ (late 18th century).