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terse | tersely

terse tersely terseness
rudely abrupt
  • How to Memorize
    • terse - abrupt
  • Analysis

    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.

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  • Example(s)
    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.