[ brev-i-tee ]
/ ˈbrɛv ɪ ti /
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.
Words nearby brevity
synonym study for brevity
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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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|Andrew Byers
British Dictionary definitions for brevities
/ (ˈbrɛvɪtɪ) /
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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