Definitions

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  • adv. In a brief, concise, or to the point manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an accomplished manner.
  • In a terse manner; neatly; compactly; concisely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a short and concise manner

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Examples

  • The Republicans received what is described as a tersely worded letter indicating that they [Obama and the Democrats] had health care reform under control.

    Big Dogs House

  • Against the Constitution, against the memory of the nation, against a previous decision, against a series of enactments he decided that the slave is property; that slave property is entitled to no less protection than any other property; that the Constitution upholds it in every Territory against any act of a local Legislature and even against Congress itself; or, as the President for that term tersely promulgated the saying: "Kansas is as much a slave State as South Carolina or Georgia; slavery, by virtue of the Constitution, exists in every Territory."

    Men of Maryland

  • Constitution, against the memory of the nation, against a previous decision, against a series of enactments, he decided that the slave is property; that slave property is entitled to no less protection than any other property; that the Constitution upholds it in every Territory against any act of a local legislature, and even against Congress itself; or, as the President for that term tersely promulgated the saying, "Kansas is as much a slave State as South Carolina or Georgia; slavery, by virtue of the Constitution, exists in every Territory."

    Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Abraham Lincoln Delivered at the request of both Houses of Congress of America

  • Our experience of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, directed by Landon Johnson for Vespertine Productions at The Flight Theatre at The Complex Theatres, is not so much that of a fly on a wall; a fly's buzz would unbalance Johnson's tersely orchestrated suspense tale of two hit men in a Birmingham basement.

    James Scarborough: Hollywood Fringe: The Dumb Waiter, Vespertine Productions & Girl Band in the Men's Room, Dirty Blonde Productions

  • “I need to speak to you both, tonight,” he said tersely.

    Haven

  • The measure—tersely laid out in two paragraphs a 115-page bill outlining fiscal cuts aimed at balancing Italy's budget by 2014—would have allowed individuals and companies convicted in civil cases and ordered to pay civil damages of more than €20 million to suspend those payments until all the case's appeals processes are exhausted.

    Berlusconi Scraps Measure Seen as Favorable to His Firm

  • I think TJ summed it up tersely, but rather nicely there.

    just got flier from an outdoor store and there is an ad for a "1945 russian sks semi auto rifle" the caliber is 7.62x39mm.

  • Against this backdrop, evolution seemed far more manageable, as Wright tersely put it in his essay "Hume is more dangerous than Darwin" see Giberson p.

    Matt J. Rossano: Creationism: That (Not So) Old Time Religion

  • “Your behavior is out of control,” I said tersely.

    Recipe for Love

  • Room after room of 2,500-year-old vases, bronze armor, gold jewelry, clay votive objects—labeled tersely in Italian, with an occasional bilingual placard explaining the archeological context in awkward, over-literal English translation.

    The Joy of Museums That Live in the Past

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