brevity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brevity the attribute of being brief or fleeting
    • n brevity the use of brief expressions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brevity Contraction into few words; conciseness. "Brevity is the soul of wit.""This argument is stated by St. John with his usual elegant brevity and simplicity."
    • Brevity Shortness of duration; briefness of time; as, the brevity of human life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brevity Shortness; especially, surprising or excessive curtailment of the thing spoken of: as, the brevity of human life. Specifically
    • n brevity Shortness in speech or writing; conciseness; condensation into few words.
    • n brevity Synonyms Compression, terseness, pithiness, succinctness, condensation, sententiousness, curtness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brevity brev′it-i shortness: conciseness.
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Quotations

  • Hosea Ballou
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    “Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “Brevity is a great charm of eloquence.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes.”
  • Dorothy Parker
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    “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.”

Idioms

Brevity is the soul of wit - The best way to communicate intelligently is to be concise and not to use unnecessary words.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. brevitas, fr. brevis, short: cf. F. brièvité,. See Brief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. brevitasbrevis, short.

Usage

In literature:

The speech with the vivid brevity, so common in legal terminology, is called the opening.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
Brevity is the child of silence, and is a credit to its parentage.
"Many Thoughts of Many Minds" by Various
But this grows simply out of the brevity of the sacred narrative.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Notice the brevity of the subjoined introduction of a speech upon a deeply moving subject.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Brevity of speech is unknown to the East Indian.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Good conversation demands restraint, adaptability, and reasonable brevity.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
As with my former letter, brevity marked my epistle.
"Jethou" by E. R. Suffling
She felt the dreadful brevity of a woman's, of any woman's triumph over the world of men.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
It was too dark to read, but in its soldierly brevity he almost knew it by heart.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
With even greater brevity may the problem of nationality be disposed of.
"Wine, Women, and Song" by Various
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In news:

Even when love hurts, brevity can be the soul of wit.
Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity - spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
The concepts of "brevity" and "Neal Stephenson" go together about as naturally as peanut butter and motor oil.
Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel, Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years.
The column that asks for brevity where possible.
Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity -- spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
However, your posts could stand some pruning to illustrate the virtue of brevity.
Benedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology and lengthy encyclicals, is now trying brevity -- spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
Benedict XVI, a pope known for hefty volumes of theology, is now trying brevity - spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
B enedict XVI, the pope known for his hefty volumes of theology and lengthy encyclicals, is now trying brevity - spreading the faith through his own Twitter account.
Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity.
If Shakespeare had sent tweets on Twitter Would he find sweet had turned to bitter When wit's soul, was by this transmitter Transformed from brevity to litter.
You get a steamy love affair for a 5-episode-arc that will beg USA Network executives to rethink its brevity.
It's become fashionable to shorten the lengthy names of some grape varieties for the sake of brevity.
The paradox for Westerners may be that in Japan profundity prefers brevity to prolixity.
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In science:

For brevity we shall prove parts (i) and (ii) simultaneously; while proving (i), we may from the outset assume that the stronger hypotheses of (ii) hold, because if we require S to be a single element then they will in any case be satisfied.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
We point out that the same simulation, not reported here for brevity, with exactly the same initial conditions, has been performed after deleting the nonlinear term in the TNLS equation, i.e. the term | A |2 A was set identically to zero.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
A branched (1, 1) Lefschetz pencil is called a simple Lefschetz pencil (or a Lefschetz pencil, for brevity).
Codimension one symplectic foliations
For brevity, we omit parameterised datatypes in the present paper since they are not strictly needed to develop a typeful model of generic traversal, and a corresponding extension is routine.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
For brevity, we do not refine the reduction semantics from Figure 21.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
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