Pithy vs Conscious - What's the difference?

pithy | conscious |

As adjectives the difference between pithy and conscious

is that pithy is concise and meaningful while conscious is alert, awake.




  • Concise and meaningful.
  • * 1825 , ,
  • Mr. Lamb, on the contrary, being "native to the manner here," though he too has borrowed from previous sources, instead of availing himself of the most popular and admired, has groped out his way, and made his most successful researches among the more obscure and intricate, though certainly not the least pithy or pleasant of our writers.
  • * 1873 April 25, (editor), ''The Chemical News ,
  • The following passage, which is exquisitely pithy and exquisitely modest, winds up the description:- "In this apparatus there is nothing new but its simplicity and thorough trustworthiness."
  • * 1876 , ,
  • IT was a pithy' saying that of Lorenzo de' Medici, and true as ' pithy , that we are enjoined to forgive our enemies, but nowhere are we told that we should forgive our friends.
  • Of, like, or abounding in pith.
  • * 1863 , ,
  • Must we know the torrid zone only through travelled bananas, plucked too soon and pithy ? or by bottled anacondas? or by the tarry-flavored slang of forecastle-bred paroquets?
  • * 1910 , , Suggestions and Reminders I: For the North, April,
  • Parsnip .—Dig the roots before they grow and become soft and pithy .
  • * 1911 , ,
  • To summarize the characters of a true mushroom - it grows only in pastures; it is of small size, dry, and with unchangeable flesh; the cap has a frill; the gills are free from the stem, the spores brown-black or deep purple-black in colour, and the stem solid or slightly pithy .


    * (brief and to the point) terse, concise, laconic, succinct




    (en adjective)
  • Alert, awake.
  • Aware.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.}}
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  • Once again the animals were conscious of a vague uneasiness.
  • Aware of one's own existence; aware of one's own awareness.
  • * 1999 , Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now , Hodder and Stoughton, pages 61–62:
  • The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life's challenges when they come.  Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious' person more intensely ' conscious .


    * asleep * unaware * unconscious

    Derived terms

    * consciously * consciousness * subconscious * unconscious * preconscious * price-conscious * self-conscious