English SAT Vocab Set 2
| Briefness or conciseness in speech or writing|
Limited space in a newsletter makes brevity essential.
| Using a few words in speaking or writing|
Leslie's essay is pretty wordy; she should try to be more concise.
| using few words in speech|
It was just too hot to give more than a laconic response to the question.
| Pithy |
| Brief and full of meaning and substance|
Of just the central topic and nothing more
What expresses affection more pithily than the three words, "I love you?"
| Still; inactive|
On long summer weekends, the city looses its bustle and is strangely quiescent.
| Not talking much; reserved|
Usually reticent, Ms. Worthy surprised us all with a long story at lunch.
| Clearly and briefly stated|
Mr. Phillips asked us to write a succinct summary for our term papers.
| Silent; sparing of words; close-mouthed|
Next to me on the bus sat a taciturn girl who said nothing during the four-hour ride
| Using only the words that are needed to make the point; very concise, sometimes to the point of rudeness|
Mia wanted details about Joyce's new boyfriend, but only got a terse description.
| Using language in a pompous, showy way; speaking to impress others|
Putting on airs, the bombastic orator used a bunch of big words that basically said nothing at all.
| Speaking in circles; round-about speech|
(beating around the bush)
The principal said