[ 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.

Origin of brevity

1500–10; < Anglo-French brevite, Old French brievete. See brief, -ity



1, 2 length.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

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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