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Word of the Day
Thursday, October 12, 2006

Definitions for concinnity

  1. Internal harmony or fitness in the adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other.
  2. Studied elegance of design or arrangement -- used chiefly of literary style.
  3. 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. Elizabeth Ward,
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. Ihab Hassan,
Origin of concinnity
Concinnity comes from Latin concinnitas, "elegance; harmony of style," from concinnus, "well put together; pleasing, on account of harmony and proportion."