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terse

adjective

Definition: brief and to the point, sometimes seeming unfriendly

Synonyms: brief, abrupt, concise, curt, pithy, precise, short, succinct, laconic

Antonyms: lengthy, long-winded, discursive, verbose

Tips: Terse can be used to refer to language that is brief and concise, but it is most often used to refer to speech that is curt. However, curt is the better word to describe rudeness in brevity, while terse doesn't necessarily mean rude, but instead means "very brief and direct."

Usage Examples:

When I asked John how he had received the bruise, his reply was a terse, "I don't know." (abrupt, curt, short)

The report was terse and easy to read. (concise, brief, precise)

Her terse comment that I was wrong, without further explanation, left me confused and upset. (abrupt, curt)

When the entertainment reporter asked the singer about her impending nuptials, she tersely replied, "No comment." (briefly, curtly) adverb


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