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terse
used in Catch-22

4 uses
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Definition
using words sparingly

(Depending upon the context, this can have a negative connotation of minimizing social interaction due to ill feelings.)
  • 'That will be all, men,' he ordered tersely, his eyes glaring with disapproval and his square jaw firm, and that's all there was.
    Chapter 21 — General Dreedle (80% in)
  • One of the surprising things always was the sense of calm and utter silence, broken only by the test rounds fired from the machine guns, by an occasional toneless, terse remark over the intercom, and, at last, by the sobering pronouncement of the bombardier in each plane that they were at the I.P. and about to turn toward the target.
    Chapter 5 — Chief White Halfoat (75% in)
  • Yossarian worked his way through to the front and let out a long, agonized groan when he read the terse announcement there: Due to circumstances beyond my control, there will be no big parade this Sunday afternoon.
    Chapter 29 — Peckem (3% in)
  • 'I know that,' Yossarian replied tersely, with a sudden surge of scowling annoyance.
    Chapter 42 — Yossarian (38% in)

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