concise


concise
concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious are comparable when meaning briefly stated or presented or given to or manifesting brevity in statement or expression.
A person is concise who speaks or writes briefly ; a thing is concise that is brief because all superfluities have been removed and all elaboration avoided
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a concise report

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I hadn't known Jane spoke so well. She has a clever, coherent way of making her points, and is concise in reply if questioned— Rose Macaulay

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A thing is terse that is both concise and finished; the word often implies both pointedness and elegance
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pure, terse, elegant Latin— Edwards

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terse headlines are another part of the Tribune's campaign to save newsprint— New Yorker

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A person or thing is succinct that compresses or is marked by compression into the smallest possible space; the term suggests great compactness and the use of no more words than are necessary
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succinct directions

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a strict and succinct style is that where you can take away nothing without loss, and that loss to be manifest— Ben Jonson

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a book must have a title, and today it must have a succinct title; therefore this book appears as RichelieuBelloc

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A person or thing is laconic that is characterized by such succinctness as to seem curt, brusque, unperturbed, or mystifying
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this laconic fool makes brevity ridiculous— Davenant

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I cannot exactly say with Caesar, "Veni, vidi, vici": however, the most important part of his laconic account of success applies to my present situation— Byron

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laconic, these Indians— La Barre

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A thing is summary that presents only the bare outlines or the main points without details
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a summary account of the year's events under a few main headings

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The term often suggests almost rude curtness or extreme generality
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the terms I use here are exceedingly summary. You may interpret the word salvation in any way you like— James

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her diary and her letters continued to be mainly the swift and summary record of crowded and delightful days— Ellis

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A thing is pithy that is not only terse or succinct but full of substance and meaning and therefore especially forcible or telling
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pithy epigrams

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a brief, pithy, and, as it then appeared to him, unanswerable argument against the immortality of the human soul— Hawthorne

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his speech was blacksmith-sparked and pithyMasefield

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Something is compendious which is concise, summary, and weighted with matter; the word suggests the type of treatment that distinguishes the typical compendium
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a compendious account of the Reformation

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a compendious style

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the compendious scholarly words which save so much trouble— T. E. Brown

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Analogous words: condensed, compressed (see CONTRACT vb): compacted, concentrated (see COMPACT vb): abridged, abbreviated, shortened (see SHORTEN): *brief, short
Antonyms: redundant
Contrasted words: prolix, diffuse, verbose, *wordy

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  • concise — [kən sīs′] adj. [L concisus, cut off, brief, pp. of concidere, to cut off < com , intens. + caedere, to cut: see CIDE] brief and to the point; short and clear concisely adv. conciseness n. SYN. CONCISE implies the stating of much in few words …   English World dictionary

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  • concise — 1580s, from L. concisus cut off, brief, pp. of concidere to cut off, cut up, cut through, cut to pieces, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf. com )), + caedere to cut (see CIDE (Cf. cide)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • concise — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ giving a lot of information clearly and in few words. DERIVATIVES concisely adverb conciseness noun concision noun. ORIGIN Latin concisus cut up, cut down …   English terms dictionary


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