TEM8 IELTS GRE
2. detergent => terse.
3. Terse originally meant 'polished, smooth'.
4. the associated notion of 'neatness' had led on to 'neatly concise'.
来自拉丁语 tersus,干净的，整洁的，来自 tergere,刮，摩擦，擦拭，可能来自 PIE*ter,转，刮， 摩擦，词源同 turn,detergent.引申词义简要的，简短的。
- terse:  Terse originally meant ‘polished, smooth’ (‘This man … so laboured upon it that he left it smooth and terse’, Helkiah Crooke, Description of the Body of Man 1615). By the 18th century, however, the associated notion of ‘neatness’ had led on to ‘neatly concise’. The word’s present-day negative connotations of ‘brusqueness’ seem to be a comparatively recent development. It was borrowed from tersus, the past participle of Latin tergēre ‘wipe’ (source also of English detergent).
- terse (adj.)
- 1590s (implied in tersely), "clean-cut, burnished, neat," from French ters "clean," and directly from Latin tersus "wiped off, clean, neat," from past participle of tergere "to rub, polish, wipe." Sense of "concise or pithy in style or language" is from 1777, which led to a general sense of "neatly concise." The pejorative meaning "brusque" is a fairly recent development. Related: Terseness.
- 1. His tone was terse as he asked the question.
- 2. The President issued a terse statement denying the charges.
- 3. Her reply about the matter was terse.
- 4. An example of her modus operandi was provided during a terse exchange with the defendant.
- 5. He issued a terse statement, saying he is discussing his future with colleagues before announcing his decision on Monday.
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