- 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
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Examples from the Web for brevity
Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
The whole operation used a series of brevity codes from the Indian Wars, and Jimbo was a quarter Apache.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
The use of “targeted” lends a smell of precision and, therefore, brevity, finality.What Did You Do in the Targeted Action, Daddy?
September 12, 2014
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
May 29, 2013
“I am going to accept the situation, Judge Henderson,” answered John, with a brevity that did not escape the keen old man.David's Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk
May 5, 2013
More I could add, but brevity is best;-- These are our claims to honour you as Guest.De Libris: Prose and Verse
In a few words, for brevity was easy to him, Andrew told the story of their disaster.Salted With Fire
The Baroness listened to them without interest, and answered them with brevity.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
“Costumes for the maskenball,” I answered, taking refuge in brevity of reply.The First Violin
I am explaining that this Lacedaemonian brevity was the style of primitive philosophy.Protagoras
- conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity
- a short duration; brief time
Word Origin and History for brevity
c.1500, from Latin brevitatem (nominative brevitas) "shortness" in space or time, from brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).