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terse

[turs] /tɜrs/
adjective, terser, tersest.
1.
neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
2.
abruptly concise; curt; brusque.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre to rub off, wipe off, clean, polish
Related forms
tersely, adverb
terseness, noun
unterse, adjective
untersely, adverb
unterseness, noun
Synonyms
1. succinct, compact, neat, concentrated. 1, 2. See concise.
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terse

/tɜːs/
adjective
1.
neatly brief and concise
2.
curt; abrupt
Derived Forms
tersely, adverb
terseness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish
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Word Origin and History for un-terse

terse

adj.

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.

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