- shortness of time or duration; briefness: the brevity of human life.
- the quality of expressing much in few words; terseness: Ironically, it is long-winded Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet who famously says that brevity is the soul of wit.
Origin of brevity
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2. compactness, succinctness, pithiness.
2. Brevity, conciseness refer to the use of few words in speaking. Brevity emphasizes the short duration of speech: a response reduced to extreme brevity. Conciseness emphasizes compactness of expression: Her prose is clear in spite of great conciseness.
1, 2. length.
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Examples from the Web for brevities
We shall give but brevities from the diary, omitting many of the details of sermons and texts, number converted, etc.Birth of a Reformation
- conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity
- a short duration; brief time
C16: from Latin brevitās shortness, from brevis brief
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Word Origin and History for brevities
c.1500, from Latin brevitatem (nominative brevitas) "shortness" in space or time, from brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).
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