- 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
Synonyms for brevity
Antonyms for brevity
Related Words for brevitiescondensation, economy, transitoriness, terseness, conciseness, crispness, concision, ephemerality, transience, pithiness, impermanence, succinctness, curtness
Examples from the Web for brevities
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for brevity
c.1500, from Latin brevitatem (nominative brevitas) "shortness" in space or time, from brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).