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
Recent Examples of brevity from the Web
There’s a brevity and a rhythm and an insanity to that.
Somehow these captions’ brevity, combined with the variety of photographs, creates a sense of openness and guards against the heavy-handed didacticism that sometimes defines characters like Julius in Open City.
The proof is this: The brevity of our horror at each offense, the willingness of so many millions to abide and celebrate the obscenity of his presidency and a gradual erosion of support for democratic government.
The conversation that follows has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Alabama's two starting cornerbacks have quietly built a reputation for their brevity while winning jobs on a team packed with confident talent.
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
His comments have been condensed for brevity and clarity.
And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!
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Synonymsbriefness, conciseness, shortness
Related Wordsabbreviation, abridgment (or abridgement), compression, condensation, contraction, curtailment; decreasing, diminishing, lessening, reducing, shortening, shrinking; abruptness, brusqueness, curtness; compendiousness, crispness, laconism, pithiness, succinctness, tautness, terseness; littleness, minuteness, smallness, tininess
Near Antonymsextensiveness; elongating, elongation, extending, extension, prolongation, prolonging, protraction, stretching; expansion, growth, spread; diffuseness, garrulousness, long-windedness, prolixity, talkativeness, talkiness, verboseness, volubility, wordiness; bigness, bulkiness, greatness, heftiness, largeness
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