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pith +‎ -y



pithy (comparative pithier, superlative pithiest)

  1. Concise and meaningful.
    • 1825, William Hazlitt, Elia, and Geoffrey Crayon, in The Spirit of the Age,
      Mr. Lamb, on the contrary, being "native to the manner here," though he too has borrowed from previous sources, instead of availing himself of the most popular and admired, has groped out his way, and made his most successful researches among the more obscure and intricate, though certainly not the least pithy or pleasant of our writers.
    • 1873 April 25, Obituary - Justus Liebig, in William Crookes (editor), The Chemical News,
      The following passage, which is exquisitely pithy and exquisitely modest, winds up the description:- "In this apparatus there is nothing new but its simplicity and thorough trustworthiness."
    • 1876, Rosina Bulwer Lytton, On the Gratitude we owe our Enemies, in Shells from the Sands of Time,
      IT was a pithy saying that of Lorenzo de' Medici, and true as pithy, that we are enjoined to forgive our enemies, but nowhere are we told that we should forgive our friends.
    • 1997, David Foster Wallace, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again”, in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Kindle edition, Little, Brown Book Group:
      [] , a guy w/o sunglasses or hauteur who throws open the pressurized doors to the Dreamward’s Bridge and galley and Vacuum Sewage System and personally takes me through, offering pithy and quotable answers to questions before I’ve even asked them.
  2. Of, like, or abounding in pith.



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