terseness

terse

[turs]
adjective, terser, tersest.
1.
neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
2.
abruptly concise; curt; brusque.

Origin:
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)
 
adj
1.  neatly brief and concise
2.  curt; abrupt
 
[C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish]
 
'tersely
 
adv
 
'terseness
 
n

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terse
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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