To better see sample sentences using the word
terse
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
Sample Sentences Using
terse
Go to Word Detail Page
Go to Home Page
  • Her tweets are terse and insightful.
  • Her report is short, terse, and easy to understand.
  • She doesn’t care for his terse manner.
  • "She’ll be back in twenty-five minutes," the clerk said tersely.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot

  • Show more
  • "Now listen," he said tersely.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • She delivers a terse speech from a raised dais, and when it comes time to take our oaths to the Empire, I only know to stand because everyone around me does.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • George shows up about twenty minutes later—sheepish, tense, a terse excuse about work, Insley snapping at him, "You’re forty minutes late," him nipping back, "Yeah, sorry about making us money."
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "What’s going on?" jace demanded tersely.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • We are a terse people.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • And the next day, the email from Mia was a terse two sentences, something about orchestra getting very intense.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

  • Show more again
  • "Get out of here," he said tersely.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "Mae," he said, his voice terse, "this is Kalden.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She spoke tersely, as if wishing to put the topic behind us as quickly as possible.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Nora explained tersely that she needed me to fly out the next day, carrying cash to be dropped off in Brussels.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The pages contained a tersely worded order from Judge Norton denying us relief.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Kote nodded and gave terse instructions that he not be disturbed for the rest of the night.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "It is true," she said tersely, slinging her forearm over her face.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She took one look at the situation and said tersely, "Call her mother."
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • "Sorry about that," she said tersely.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Her uncle’s terse petitions were hard enough to endure; this prayer, she knew, would be a lengthy masterpiece.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "Lady Kaltain," Dorian said tersely, his body tensing.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • My apologies for the terse instructions.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • "He’s doing, sir," Puller replied tersely.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I said tersely.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He replied tersely to a few questions from the men present.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • After terse preliminaries in Russian, a baby-faced curly-headed teenager climbed out of the driver’s seat and was greeted, by Boris, with a slap on the cheek and a jaunty seven note whistle: On the Good Ship Lollipop.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • After requesting breakfast in a terse voice, he leaned back, hands clasped behind his head.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I whispered, and got a terse, "Sh-h!"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Percy said tersely, fingering his prefect badge.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • His expression is calm, but he’s angry—the terseness in his voice betrays him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • A week later Westerberg received a terse card with a Montana postmark: april18.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "We need weapons," Jace said tersely.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "Tobias," I say tersely.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Such terse responses to Mommy were unheard of.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • We all exchange terse nods then focus our attention on the temporary stage that is set up before the Justice Building.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • On the television, we watch a terse Head Peacekeeper lay out specific rules regarding how many people per square foot each resident will be expected to take in.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Vernet snapped, his accented English terse now.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • At half past, he heard Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia conversing in terse mutters in the living room.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The second policeman’s opinion of Kemp was terse and vivid.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • This moral mystery seemed too much for the company until Mr. Hubble tersely solved it by saying, "Naterally wicious."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I’m not acting,I replied tersely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The explanation was terse, clipped, and simple.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • With a few terse words, he told her what had happened while he searched his saddlebags for the rags in which Zar’roc had been wrapped.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I nodded tersely.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He whittled and listened, gave monosyllabic replies, and, when it was asked, terse advice.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He quickly realized that they were not under attack and gave Nasuada a terse greeting.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "Locker rooms," said Wood tersely.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • The style of the letter was decidedly concise and terse; but Tom thought it the most wonderful specimen of composition that had appeared in modern times.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "Keep to the main trail—we’re almost to the Quileute border," Edward ordered tersely.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She slapped the match out of my hand as I bent to light it, then pulled out the green sticks one by one with a potholder, explaining tersely that the smoke alone would have killed us all.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Search for samples from other sources
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®

Go to Home Page
verbalworkout.com . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading