terse | tersely

Exam frequency

GRE

low

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

rudely abrupt

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terse - abrupt

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If you are ‘terse’ then you use few words, typically in a way that is rude or unfriendly. Such a response is usually given when annoyed or irritated, and can often be the catalyst for a falling out or argument.

ExamsSpokenOther
Synonyms curt
Antonyms verbose

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  1. The politician issued a terse statement denying all the allegations and threatening legal action against those who reported the story.

  2. I offered Gary some help, but he tersely told me to leave him alone. That’s the last time I try to do him a favour!

  3. I asked Jane why she was late and was surprised by the terseness of her response. I didn’t expect her to be so rude about it.

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