SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1500–10;
Anglo-French brevite, Old French brievete.
-ity Synonym study 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.
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brevities from the diary, omitting many of the details of sermons and texts, number converted, etc. British Dictionary definitions for brevities noun plural -ties conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity a short duration; brief time Word Origin for brevity
C16: from Latin
brevitās shortness, from brevis brief
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Word Origin and History for brevities n.
c.1500, from Latin
brevitatem (nominative brevitas) "shortness" in space or time, from brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).
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