Latin edit

Etymology 1 edit

Perfect passive participle of tergō (I rub, wipe off, clean).

Participle edit

tersus (feminine tersa, neuter tersum); first/second-declension participle

  1. clean, neat, rubbed or wiped (off), cleansed, having been cleansed
  2. (figuratively) pure, correct, nice, terse, spruce, neat
Declension edit

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative tersus tersa tersum tersī tersae tersa
Genitive tersī tersae tersī tersōrum tersārum tersōrum
Dative tersō tersō tersīs
Accusative tersum tersam tersum tersōs tersās tersa
Ablative tersō tersā tersō tersīs
Vocative terse tersa tersum tersī tersae tersa
Descendants edit
  • English: terse
  • Italian: terso
  • Old French: ters
  • Portuguese: terso
  • Spanish: terso

Etymology 2 edit

From tergō (I rub, wipe off, clean).

Noun edit

tersus m (genitive tersūs); fourth declension

  1. a wiping off, cleansing
Declension edit

Fourth-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative tersus tersūs
Genitive tersūs tersuum
Dative tersuī tersibus
Accusative tersum tersūs
Ablative tersū tersibus
Vocative tersus tersūs

References edit

  • tersus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tersus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tersus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.