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concinnity

[kuh n-sin-i-tee]
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noun, plural con·cin·ni·ties.
  1. Rhetoric.
    1. a close harmony of tone as well as logic among the elements of a discourse.
    2. an instance of this.
  2. any harmonious adaptation of parts.
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Origin of concinnity

1525–35; < Latin concinnitās, equivalent to concinn(us) concinnous + -itās -ity
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Related Words for concinnity

arrangement, unity, melody, composition, tune, chord, unison, consonance, concert, richness, concurrence, piece, chime, chorus, euphony, symphony, triad, blend, overtone, blending

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Historical Examples of concinnity

  • The tendency of his genius had never been, and at the end was less than ever, in the direction of concinnity.

    The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920

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British Dictionary definitions for concinnity

concinnity

noun plural -ties
  1. a harmonious arrangement of parts, esp in literary works, speeches, etc
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Derived Formsconcinnous, adjective

Word Origin for concinnity

C16: from Latin concinnitās a skilful combining of various things, from concinnāre to adjust, of obscure origin
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