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brevity

[brev-i-tee] /ˈbrɛv ɪ ti/
noun
1.
shortness of time or duration; briefness:
the brevity of human life.
2.
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
1500-1510
1500-10; < Anglo-French brevite, Old French brievete. See brief, -ity
Synonyms
2. compactness, succinctness, pithiness. 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.
Antonyms
1, 2. length.
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brevity

/ˈbrɛvɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity
2.
a short duration; brief time
Word Origin
C16: from Latin brevitās shortness, from brevisbrief
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Word Origin and History for brevity
n.

c.1500, from Latin brevitatem (nominative brevitas) "shortness" in space or time, from brevis "short" (see brief (adj.)).

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