terseness terseness  /ˈtɜrs nəs/


  • (n) a neatly short and concise expressive style


  1. Los Angeles singer, songwriter and guitar player Sam Phillips composes her songs with the terseness of a smart screenwriter.
  2. Back from a 41,000-mile tour through Japan, southeast Asia and Australia, Tom Dewey was talking with the urgent terseness of a man who has seen Communist armies at first hand.
  3. There was less of the cryptic test-pilot terseness in their chatter.


  • Iowa State announces its starting quarterback for TCU game

    Will it be Sam Richardson? Or Grant Rohach? Plus find analysis and reaction from Saturday's game: Rhoads' terseness a telling sign in ISU's spiraling season Video: Rhoads terse with reporters in post-game press conference Video: Rohach shoulders blame for not converting Cyclone chat: Replay today's chat with Tommy Birch
    on November 4, 2013     Source: The Des Moines Register

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