adjective, terser, tersest.
neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
abruptly concise; curt; brusque.

1595–1605; < Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre to rub off, wipe off, clean, polish

tersely, adverb
terseness, noun
unterse, adjective
untersely, adverb
unterseness, noun

1. succinct, compact, neat, concentrated. 1, 2. See concise.
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terse (tɜːs)
1.  neatly brief and concise
2.  curt; abrupt
[C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish]

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Word Origin & History

1599 (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from Fr. ters "clean," from L. tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from pp. 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.
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Example sentences
He spent only a couple of minutes with media and spoke softly and tersely.
These shortcomings were recognized and described tersely on occasion.
These arguments, raised tersely in the government reply brief, may or may not have some basis in law and logic.
So if you all could answer her remaining questions as tersely as you can.
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