There was a terseness and massiveness in his speech, curiously blended with subtilty and fervor.
Rad scowled and said nothing, and the rest of his answers were terseness itself.
The following table illustrates the perfect simplicity and terseness of the Esperanto verb.
His terseness was calculated: that, he thought, would best control her wildness.
"Been and gone," was the secretary's answer, with the terseness characteristic of her.
There is a terseness in the following which seems to be inimitable.
He scarcely ever reached again this terseness and vivacity of style, and this entrain.
"Nada, John," he answered with a terseness which spoke volumes.
Simplicity and terseness of language are the characteristics of a well educated and highly cultivated person.
In point of brevity and terseness of statement, it will be found to have no superior.
1590s (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from French ters "clean," from Latin tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from past participle 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. Related: Terseness.