brevity

noun
brev·​i·​ty | \ ˈbre-və-tē How to pronounce brevity (audio) \
plural brevities

Definition of brevity

: shortness of duration especially : shortness or conciseness of expression

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Examples of brevity in a Sentence

Mike Espy resigned under pressure as Secretary of Agriculture yesterday at a news conference remarkable for its brevity and general absence of whining. New York Times, 4 Oct. 1994 Lincoln was able to achieve the loftiness, ideality, and brevity of the Gettysburg Address because he had spent a good part of the 1850s repeatedly relating all the most sensitive issues of the day to the Declaration's supreme principle. — Garry Wills, Lincoln At Gettysburg, 1992 The book's brevity is its major defect. Admittedly, readers of military history have been smothered by portentous tomes of a thousand pages or more. But 365 pages are too few to tell the Normandy story. — Drew Middleton, New York Times Book Review, 15 Aug. 1982 "Maudie, I'm sure I don't know what you mean," said Mrs. Merriweather. "I'm sure you do," Miss Maudie said shortly. She said no more. When Miss Maudie was angry, her brevity was icy. — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960 The book's major flaw is its brevity. the best quality a graduation speech can have is brevity
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Recent Examples on the Web The interviews were edited for clarity and brevity. Star Tribune, "Seeking justice, leaving a legacy," 15 Sep. 2020 Here is the entire transcript of the interview, lightly edited for clarity and brevity. oregonlive, "Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on city protests, police violence, lack of clarity about his stance: Q&A," 6 Sep. 2020 The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Q&A: Denver’s new sheriff on learning from protesters, modeling Denver’s jails after Norway, and more," 3 Aug. 2020 The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Q&A: Lakers' union rep Danny Green details the many 'moving parts' of NBA's restart plan," 13 June 2020 The comments have been edited for clarity and brevity. Anne Snabes, The Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Jim Tomes questioned pandemic guidelines. We asked medical experts to respond.," 14 Aug. 2020 The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Q&A: Denver’s new sheriff on learning from protesters, modeling Denver’s jails after Norway, and more," 3 Aug. 2020 The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Q&A: Lakers' union rep Danny Green details the many 'moving parts' of NBA's restart plan," 13 June 2020 Here is the conversation with the former South Bend mayor and onetime presidential candidate, edited lightly for brevity. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "What Buttigieg said about Harris vs. Pence, the postal service and more," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of brevity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brevity

Latin brevitas, from brevis — see breve

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The first known use of brevity was in the 15th century

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19 Sep 2020

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“Brevity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brevity. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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brevity

noun
How to pronounce brevity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of brevity

: the use of few words to say something
: the quality or fact of lasting only for a short period of time

brevity

noun
brev·​i·​ty | \ ˈbre-və-tē How to pronounce brevity (audio) \

Kids Definition of brevity

: the condition of being short or brief The concert's brevity disappointed fans.

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