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Definitions of pithy

  1. Having nervous energy; forceful; cogent. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Of, or like, pith; energetic; terse and forcible. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3. in a pithy sententious manner; "she expressed herself pithily" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Pithily. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. concise and full of meaning; "welcomed her pithy comments"; "the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"- Hervey Allen Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. Of the nature of, or full of, the soft spongy substance called pith: forcible; as, a pithy saying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Full of pith: forcible: strong: energetic. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Of or like pith. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Forcible; effective. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. Containing or abounding with pith; forcible; encrgetic. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Abounding with pith; forcible; energetic. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for pithy

  1. He deluged the community with copies of my letter of acceptance, and three days later overwhelmed the postal service with a batch of circulars embodying a short, pithy description of my personal virtues and talents, interwoven with sound doctrine. – The Opinions of a Philosopher by Robert Grant
  2. They are written in a clear, forcible, pithy and picturesque style, with short sentences, and a good many illustrations, drawn from history, politics, and science. – A Brief History of the English Language and Literature, Vol. 2 (of 2) by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn
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