Definition of Brevity

1. Noun. The use of brief expressions.

Generic synonyms: Terseness
Derivative terms: Brief

2. Noun. The attribute of being brief or fleeting.
Exact synonyms: Briefness, Transience
Generic synonyms: Duration, Length
Derivative terms: Brief, Brief, Transient

Definition of Brevity

1. n. Shortness of duration; briefness of time; as, the brevity of human life.

Definition of Brevity

1. Noun. The quality of being brief in duration. ¹

2. Noun. Succinctness; conciseness. ¹

3. Noun. (rare countable) A short piece of writing. ¹

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Definition of Brevity

1. shortness of duration [n -TIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brevity

brevity (current term)
brew up
brewer's droop
brewer's mole
brewer's rice
brewer's yeast
brewer's yeasts

Literary usage of Brevity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Tact in Court by Joseph Wesley Donovan (1898)
"brevity AS AN ART. BILLINGS says " When you strike ile, stop boring • many a man has bored klean thru and let the ile run out at the bottom. ..."

2. The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1836)
"brevity OF THE GREEK AND ENGLISH COMPARED. As an instance of compression and brevity in narration, unattainable in any language but the Greek, the following ..."

3. The London Magazine by John Scott, John Taylor (1822)
"brevity," says Polonius, " is the soul of wit," and twenty men as wise as he have said so after him. Truth, says Mr. Stephen Jones, the worthy compiler of ..."

4. Gabriele Zerbi, Gerontocomia: On the Care of the Aged, & Maximianus, Elegies Gabriele de Zerbis, Levi Robert Lind by Gabriele de Zerbis, Levi Robert Lind (1988)
"... Foreknowledge of the brevity and Longevity of Life This especially must be known to begin with that the fate of every creature in the world depends upon ..."

5. Essays and Marginalia by Hartley Coleridge (1851)
""brevity," says Polonius, "is the soul of wit," and twenty men as wise as he have said so after him. " Truth," says Mr. Stephen Jones, the worthy compiler ..."

6. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (1873)
"reading of Dindorf seems preferable, as more accordant with the brevity of Thucydides, and the full idea may be elicited easily from ..."

7. Argumentation and Debating by William Trufant Foster (1908)
"brevity A lecturer on rhetoric in a Scotch university used to say to his class at the ... Many other men have felt the force of brevity. ..."

8. The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry: Lectures Delivered in by Sir Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1893)
"The first thing that we note is the brevity and simplicity. These marvellous incidents, coming one after another, are told quite plainly, without the least ..."

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