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Synonyms for terse
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Wiktionary

  1. terseadjective

    Synonyms:
    abrupt, curt, succinct, concise, brusque, laconic

    Antonyms:
    verbose, prolix

  2. terseadjective

    Polished, burnished; smooth; fine, neat, spruce.

    Synonyms:
    abrupt, concise, brusque, curt, laconic, succinct

    Antonyms:
    verbose, prolix

  3. terseadjective

    Brief, concise, to the point.

    Synonyms:
    abrupt, laconic, curt, concise, succinct, brusque

    Antonyms:
    verbose, prolix

  4. terseadjective

    Abruptly or brusquely short.

    Synonyms:
    brusque, abrupt, curt, succinct, concise, laconic

    Antonyms:
    prolix, verbose

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. terse

    Anything short or brief is of relatively small extent. That which is concise (Latin con-, with, together, and cædo, cut) is trimmed down, and that which is condensed (Latin con-, with, together, and densus, thick) is, as it were, pressed together, so as to include as much as possible within a small space. That which is compendious (Latin com-, together, and pendo, weigh) gathers the substance of a matter into a few words, weighty and effective. The succinct (Latin succinctus, from sub-, under, and cingo, gird; girded from below) has an alert effectiveness as if girded for action. The summary is compacted to the utmost, often to the point of abruptness; as, we speak of a summary statement or a summary dismissal. That which is terse (Latin tersus, from tergo, rub off) has an elegant and finished completeness within the smallest possible compass, as if rubbed or polished down to the utmost. A sententious style is one abounding in sentences that are singly striking or memorable, apart from the context; the word may be used invidiously of that which is pretentiously oracular. A pithy utterance gives the gist of a matter effectively, whether in rude or elegant style.

    Synonyms:
    brief, compact, compendious, concise, condensed, laconic, neat, pithy, sententious, short, succinct

    Antonyms:
    diffuse, lengthy, long, prolix, tedious, verbose, wordy

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. terse

    Synonyms:
    neat, smooth, pithy, expressive, forcible, energetic, compact, concise, succinct

    Antonyms:
    coarse, rough, rude, unpolished, inconcise, unsuccinct, prolix, diffuse

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crisp, curt, laconic, terseadjective

    brief and to the point; effectively cut short

    "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"

    Synonyms:
    nipping, short(p), sharp, brusk, kinky, laconic, snappy, crisp, curt, frizzly, frizzy, brusque, crispy, nippy, frosty, nappy

    Antonyms:
    prolix

Editors Contribution

  1. short and too the point

    a direct, non-descriptive reply

    his reply was terse.

    Submitted by rinat on September 10, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. terseadjective

    Synonyms:
    concise (with elegance), brief, compact, neat, pithy, sententious, not diffuse, not verbose, not prolix, not rambling, not wordy, not loose, not long-winded, not pleonastic, not tautological

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "terse":

    concise

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How to use terse in a sentence?

  1. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic:

    It is impossible to determine how many refugees have already reached European shores and are somewhere between Greece and Germany, but camps throughout The Balkans, as well as Western Europe, are packed with refugees in increasingly tense situations. Related ImageExpand / ContractPolice in Macedonia hold back hordes of refugees hoping to pass through The Balkans en route to Western Europe. ( FoxNews.com) After Hungary took action, refugees streamed into Croatia from Serbia, prompting Croatia to close its border and trapping some 11,000 inside Serbia. Refugees were still working their way through Macedonia and into Serbia, where they remained stuck at the Hungarian border as Serbian and Hungarian officials traded terse statements. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic accused Hungarian police of lobbing tear gas across the border and urged European Union to condemn the brutal behavior of the Hungarian police to refugees and media workers. Serbia itself can protect its territory and national dignity, and, if necessary, from the European Union, we will protect the European values.

  2. Bruce Williams:

    Your debt to the government has been repaid. Bruce had bragged to his grandfather about sending mail using an underpriced stamp. Grampa sent him a note with a stamp (8 cent if memory serves) with CANCELLED written on it in red pen and the terse note, Your debt to the government has been repaid. Williams said he never tried to underpay again (although he cerainly did bargain hard in many cases.

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