Definition of brevity
: shortness of duration; especially : shortness or conciseness of expression
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
They are excerpted for brevity and to delete legal squabbling and repetition.
Its brevity was commensurate with the effort involved.
William Butler Yeats sent in a contribution, apologizing for the poem’s brevity.
One G-7 official said the brevity was a positive development that allows focus and avoids the document ballooning out of control.
The brevity of the flares indicates that the electrons couldn’t have gyrated long enough to produce the energetic radiation, Buehler noted.
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BREVITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brevity for English Language Learners
: the use of few words to say something
: the quality or fact of lasting only for a short period of time
BREVITY Defined for Kids
Definition of brevity for Students
: the condition of being short or brief The concert's brevity disappointed fans.
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