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terse

terse

 
 
pronunciation:
tuhrs
features:
Word Combinations (adjective)
part of speech: adjective
inflections: terser, tersest
definition: effectively brief and to the point; concise; pithy.
The secretary gave a terse account of the points discussed in the last meeting.He wrote in a terse style similar to that of a news reporter.The professor prefers terse language in student essays and will give a lower grade for excess wordiness.
synonyms:
concise, laconic, pithy, succinct
antonyms:
long-winded
similar words:
abrupt, brief, clear, clipped, compact, crisp, curt, incisive, pointed, short, trenchant
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derivations: tersely (adv.), terseness (n.)