terse

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From the year 1599, from French ters (clean), from Latin tersus (cleansed; neat, spruce), perfect passive participle of tergō (I rub, wipe, cleanse).

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terse (comparative terser, superlative tersest)

  1. (obsolete) Polished, burnished; smooth; fine, neat, spruce.
  2. (of speech or style) Brief, concise, to the point.
    • 1907, Rev. James Wood, The Nuttall Encyclopaedia, title page:
      "A consise and comprehensive dictionary of general knowledge consisting of over 16,000 terse and original articles on nearly all subjects discussed in larger encyclopaedias, [] "
    • 2012 June 4, Lewis Smith, “Queen's English Society says enuf is enough, innit?”, the Guardian:
      Having attempted to identify a role for the society and its magazine, Quest, "for the next 40 years", the society chairman, Rhea Williams, decided it was time to close. She announced the group's demise in a terse message to members following the annual meeting, which just 22 people attended.
  3. Abruptly or brusquely short.

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French[edit]

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terse

  1. first-person singular present indicative of terser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of terser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of terser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of terser
  5. second-person singular imperative of terser

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Italian[edit]

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terse

  1. third-person singular past historic of tergere

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terse f

  1. Plural of terso

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terse

  1. vocative masculine singular of tersus

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terse f

  1. feminine plural of terso