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brevity

[ brev-i-tee ]
/ ˈbrɛv ɪ ti /
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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.
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Origin of brevity

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for brevity

brevity
/ (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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