Usage examples for pithy

  1. But now, having in his hands that short, pithy letter from Owen Fitzgerald, he could not but look at the matter in a more Christian light. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. These men are renowned for their short, pithy answers, and Alexander put difficult questions to all of them, telling them that he would first put to death the man who answered him worst, and so the rest in order. – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. " Not exactly," was that illustrious noble's pithy reply to the invitation. – A Poached Peerage by William Magnay
  9. He has preached from the White House many doctrines; but among them he has left impressed on the American mind the one great truth of economic justice couched in the pithy and stinging phrase 'the square deal. – The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by Oliver Remey Henry Cochems Wheeler Bloodgood
  10. 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
  11. He was pithy; he was prudent; he never said a word too much, nor, on the other had, did he ever say a word too little. – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  12. 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
  13. This short and pithy dialogue took place in Drysdale's rooms one evening soon after the conversation recorded in the last chapter. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  14. This short, pithy speech much animated the crew; who, putting firm confidence in the courage and sagacity of their leader, renewed their efforts with redoubled vigour. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. This speaking was valuable training for Bacon in writing the pithy sentences of his Essays. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  16. Lord Monmouth was never garrulous: he was always pithy, and could be picturesque. – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. What he said is lost to fame, though doubtless it was pithy and pointed. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  20. 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