Repartee vs Succinct - What's the difference?

repartee | succinct |

As a noun repartee

is a swift, witty reply, especially one that is amusing.

As a verb repartee

is to reply with a.

As an adjective succinct is

brief and to the point.




(en noun)
  • A swift, witty reply, especially one that is amusing.
  • * 1919 ,
  • A slight smile broke on his lips. ¶ "You are always prepared to sacrifice your principles for a repartee ," he answered.
  • * 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick)
  • Yet habit—strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?—Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees , you never heard over your mahogany
  • A conversation marked by a series of witty retorts.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;


    * See also


  • To reply with a
  • * {{quote-book, year=1862, author=Various, section=Vol. 2 No 4, title=The Continental Monthly, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Aubrey speaks of him as 'incomparable at reparteeing , the bull that was bayted, his witt beinge most sparkling, when most set on and provoked.' }}
  • To have a (conversation marked by repartees)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=Gouverneur Morris, title=The Penalty, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=To see them together, friendly, reparteeing , chummy, would turn your stomach--Barbara so exquisite and high-born, and the man, his eyes full of evil fires, sitting like a great toad on the model's chair. }}


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    (en adjective)
  • brief and to the point
  • compressed into a tiny area.
  • (archaic) wrapped by, or as if by a girdle; closely fitting, wound or wrapped or drawn up tightly.
  • Synonyms

    * concise * laconic * See also

    Derived terms

    * succinctness * succinctly