brachylogy

[ bruh-kil-uh-jee ]

noun,plural bra·chyl·o·gies for def. 2.
  1. brevity of diction; concise or abridged form of expression.

  2. an instance of this; a concise expression.

Origin of brachylogy

1
First recorded in 1615–25; from Greek brachylogía “brevity in speech or writing”; see origin at brachy-, -logy

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British Dictionary definitions for brachylogy

brachylogy

/ (bræˈkɪlədʒɪ) /


nounplural -gies
  1. a concise style in speech or writing

  2. a colloquial shortened form of expression that is not the result of a regular grammatical process: the omission of "good" in the expression "Afternoon" is a brachylogy

Derived forms of brachylogy

  • brachylogous, adjective

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