Thursday, October 12, 2006
concinnity noun [kuhn-SIN-uh-tee] Internal harmony or fitness in the adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other.
Definitions for concinnity
- Internal harmony or fitness in the adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other.
- Studied elegance of design or arrangement -- used chiefly of literary style.
- An instance of concinnity.
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Citations for concinnity
He has what one character calls "the gifts of concinnity and concision," that deft swipe with a phrase that can be so devastating in children.
Denis Donoghue is a primary critic of our time, catholic in scope, unique in literary apprehension, crucially gratifying in the clear concinnity of his prose.
Origin of concinnity
Concinnity comes from Latin concinnitas, "elegance; harmony of style," from concinnus, "well put together; pleasing, on account of harmony and proportion."