(Ter"ror*ist), n. [F. terroriste.] One who governs by terrorism or intimidation; specifically, an
agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France. Burke.
(Ter"ror*ize) v. t. [Cf. F. terroriser.] To impress with terror; to coerce by intimidation.
Humiliated by the tyranny of foreign despotism, and terrorized by ecclesiastical authority.J. A. Symonds.
(Ter"ror*less), a. Free from terror. Poe.
(Ter"ry) n. A kind of heavy colored fabric, either all silk, or silk and worsted, or silk and cotton,
often called terry velvet, used for upholstery and trimmings.
(||Ter*sanc"tus) n. [L. ter thrice + sanctus holy.] (Eccl.) An ancient ascription of praise
(containing the word "Holy" in its Latin form, "Sanctus" thrice repeated), used in the Mass of the
Roman Catholic Church and before the prayer of consecration in the communion service of the Church
of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church. Cf. Trisagion.
(Terse) a. [Compar. Terser ; superl. Tersest.] [L. tersus, p. p. of tergere to rub or wipe off.]
1. Appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth; polished. [Obs.]
Many stones, . . . although terse and smooth, have not this power attractive.Sir T. Browne.
2. Refined; accomplished; said of persons. [R. & Obs.] "Your polite and terse gallants." Massinger.
3. Elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to smoothness; as, terse language; a terse style.
Terse, luminous, and dignified eloquence.Macaulay.
A poet, too, was there, whose verseLongfellow.
Was tender, musical, and terse.
Syn. Neat; concise; compact. Terse, Concise. Terse was defined by Johnson "cleanly written",
i. e., free from blemishes, neat or smooth. Its present sense is "free from excrescences," and hence,
compact, with smoothness, grace, or elegance, as in the following lones of Whitehead: -
"In eight terse lines has Phædrus told
(So frugal were the bards of old)
A tale of goats; and closed with
Plan, moral, all, in that short space."
It differs from concise in not implying, perhaps, quite as much condensation, but chiefly in the additional
idea of "grace or elegance."
Terse"ly, adv. Terse"ness, n.
(Ter*sul"phide) n. [Pref. ter- + sulphide.] (Chem.) A trisulphide.
(Ter*sul"phu*ret) n. [Pref. ter- + sulphuret.] (Chem.) A trisulphide. [R.]
(Ter"-ten`ant) n. See Terre- tenant.
(Ter"tial) a. & n. [From L. tertius third, the tertial feathers being feathers of the third row. See
Tierce.] (Zoöl.) Same as Tertiary.
(Ter"tian) a. [L. tertianus, from tertius the third. See Tierce.] (Med.) Occurring every third
day; as, a tertian fever.
(Ter"tian), n. [L. tertiana (sc. febris): cf. OF. tertiane.]