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
  3. Maurice of Nassau- excellent soldier and engineer as he had already proved himself- had certainly not developed much of the heroic element, although thus far he was walking straightforward like a man, in the path of duty, with the pithy and substantial Lewis William ever at his side. – History of the United Netherlands, 1592-94 by John Lothrop Motley
  4. All wise men are fatalists; and no proverb is more pithy than that which says, 'What can't be cured must be endured. – Paul Clifford, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. There was even in him a strain, if not of humour, of a shrewdness which was akin to it, and expressed itself in many pithy sayings. – Cowper by Goldwin Smith
  6. He was delighted with his final selection, and as usual pithy and to the point when describing. – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans
  7. I drew up a rather formal answer to it: Whewell saw my draft and drew up a much more pithy one, which I adopted and sent to the Philosophical Magazine. – Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by George Biddell Airy
  8. Be this as it might, the burgher was received by a cheer which drew a short but pithy address from him, in which he exhorted his companions in arms to do their duty, in a manner which should teach the Frenchmen the wisdom of leaving that coast in future free from annoyance; while he wisely abstained from all the commonplace allusions to king and country,- a subject to which he felt his inability to do proper justice. – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  9. He had been able to see beyond the petty, personal side of the question; had even ignored it to get at the big, pithy principle of equal rights. – The Coming of the Law by Charles Alden Seltzer
  10. This speaking was valuable training for Bacon in writing the pithy sentences of his Essays. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  11. What he said is lost to fame, though doubtless it was pithy and pointed. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  12. It was at least a week before Solomon Coe could be induced to open his lips before Richard, beyond the utterance of a few pithy sentences; not that the smouldering embers of jealousy had been fanned in the mean time- for Richard had been prudence itself in his behavior to Harry- but because the miner could not comprehend the young fellow, and therefore distrusted him. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn