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Definition of Tersest
TersestTerse Terse, a. [Compar. Terser; superl. Tersest.] [L.
tersus, p. p. of tergere to rub or wipe off.]
1. Appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth;
Many stones, . . . although terse and smooth, have
not this power attractive. --Sir T.
2. Refined; accomplished; -- said of persons. [R. & Obs.]
``Your polite and terse gallants.' --Massinger.
3. Elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to
smoothness; as, terse language; a terse style.
Terse, luminous, and dignified eloquence.
A poet, too, was there, whose verse Was tender,
musical, and terse. --Longfellow.
Syn: Neat; concise; compact.
Usage: Terse, Concise. Terse was defined by Johnson
``cleanly written', i. e., free from blemishes, neat
or smooth. Its present sense is ``free from
excrescences,' and hence, compact, with smoothness,
grace, or elegance, as in the following lones of
``In eight terse lines has Ph[ae]drus told (So
frugal were the bards of old) A tale of goats;
and closed with grace, Plan, moral, all, in that
short space.' It differs from concise in not
implying, perhaps, quite as much condensation, but
chiefly in the additional idea of ``grace or
elegance.' -- Terse"ly, adv. -- Terse"ness, n.
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