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"Been and gone," was the secretary's answer, with the terseness characteristic of her.

Rad scowled and said nothing, and the rest of his answers were terseness itself.

Of course, the matter of terseness can be run into the ground.

His terseness was calculated: that, he thought, would best control her wildness.

There is a terseness in the following which seems to be inimitable.

The terseness of a static charge of high voltage was in the great library.

"Nada, John," he answered with a terseness which spoke volumes.

Beatrice liked his terseness and in some ways she liked and respected him.

In point of brevity and terseness of statement, it will be found to have no superior.

But the style has too much vigour and terseness to warrant this supposition.

WORD ORIGIN

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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