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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How to use brevity in a sentence
We humans living on our one planet wring our hands about the brevity of our lives and our mortal restraints, but we do not often think about how improbable it is to be alive at all.Is Life Special Just Because It’s Rare? - Issue 95: Escape | Alan Lightman | January 20, 2021 | Nautilus
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.This female-founded face mask brand had a wait-list of more than 40,000 customers | Rachel King | January 17, 2021 | Fortune
The Axios business team started testing the idea two years ago by providing editing services and training in “smart brevity” to company clients that wanted to learn how to better communicate with their employees.Axios is entering into the software licensing business with a new tool to help companies communicate | Kayleigh Barber | December 11, 2020 | Digiday
For lovers of brevity, the mask emoji was used five times more in April than it was before that.“Let’s be like Covid and catch each other”: How Indians romanced on Tinder this year | Manavi Kapur | December 9, 2020 | Quartz
What follows is transcript of the conversation, edited for clarity and brevity.Q&A with ‘Anonymous’: Miles Taylor on his secret, why he didn’t resign and more | Philip Rucker, Carol D. Leonnig | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.
The whole operation used a series of brevity codes from the Indian Wars, and Jimbo was a quarter Apache.
The use of “targeted” lends a smell of precision and, therefore, brevity, finality.
For the moment it seems churlish to knock an innocuous little history for its essential brevity and its inevitable lacunae.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature | Malcolm Forbes | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Much was made last Friday in regards to the brevity of the press conference Mayor Ford held.If Rob Ford Really Smoked Crack, He’d Have a Hell of a Time Governing Toronto | Mansfield Frazier | May 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let the student continue this comparison till he attains very nearly the brevity and discrimination displayed by Mr. Killick.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
But if such brevity brings such an answer, so soon, why—it will fairly rain cows before we're many hours older.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
In the same breath he sang of love and the grave, and the love was the more eager for its brevity.The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi | Giacomo Leopardi
A few unimportant elisions have been made for the sake of brevity and coherence.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
But to pursue brevity of speech, and to avoid nice declarations of things, is to be granted to him that maketh an abridgment.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for brevity
conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity
a short duration; brief time
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