pithiness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pithiness terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pithiness The quality or state of being pithy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pithiness The character of being pithy; strength; concentrated force: as, the pithiness of a reply.
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Quotations

  • Denis Diderot
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    “Pithy sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.”

Usage

In literature:

Erasmus never coins a sentence which, rounded off and pithy, becomes a proverb and in this manner lives.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
His own oratorical efforts were usually brief, pithy, and to the point.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
Something plain, pithy, and appropriate is what they like; the shorter the better.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847" by Various
I had little leisure to turn over the meaning of this interview in my mind, for the address of my learned opponent was very short and pithy.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
His pithy sentences, when translated into Italian, became the neatest epigrams in the world.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
The short, pithy sayings have become popular mottoes and household words.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
He was a man of great natural ability and bristling with pithy anecdote.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Says that good honest prose is the best and the sweetest If the words be well chosen, short, Saxon, and pithy.
"The Busted Ex-Texan and Other Stories" by W. H. H. Murray
The points are pithy and taking.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
The stem is pithy or stuffed, rather wavy and silky, yellowish, base slightly bulbous.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
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In poetry:

The pithy elder copses sigh;
Their broad blue combs with berries weighed,
Like heavy pendulums are swayed
With ev'ry gust that hurries by.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein
Shall the tongue that was spoken by Wallace the wicht,
In the sangs o' thy poets sae lo'esum and bricht,
Sae pithy an' pawkie, sae tender an' true,
O' sense and slee humour an' feelin' sae fu';
"A Plea For The Deric" by Janet Hamilton
A blue sky out of the Oresteia
Arches above us. O father, all by yourself
You are pithy and historical as the Roman Forum.
I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress.
Your fluted bones and acanthine hair are littered
"The Colossus" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

A very clever blogger, short and pithy, comments on the world virtually daily.
But for many Americans, Franklin is most affectionately recalled for his witty remarks and pithy proverbs.
Could you tell your love story in six pithy words.
And Garcia's pithy advice on what to wear to wear.
All the best new music at BSR with pithy commentary from BSR DJs.
Many grades are accompanied by pithy comments of explanation.
Since January 1973, the Intelligencer section has been New York 's weekly home for news, gossip, short takes, and pithy commentary.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown's firing draws pithy response from Lawrence Frank.
Using Rap to Teach Pithy Lessons in Business.
Brown's Pithy Veto Messages Could Hint at Future.
Searching Death Row For Pithy Metaphors.
As a complement to the National Center for Employee Ownership's new take on stock option backdating—so much in the news in tech and beyond—Executive Director Corey Rosen has penned a pithy poem on the subject.
WASHINGTON — Airline passengers who get frustrated and kick a wall, throw a suitcase or make a pithy comment to a screener could find themselves in a little-known Homeland Security database.
Pithy verses deal with doomsday.
President Obama, most famous for his soaring speeches, apparently has a knack for the pithy tweet, too.
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In science:

John Wheeler also made another pithy summary of his insights: It from bit .
Emergence from Symmetry: A New Type of Cellular Automata
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