Definition of concinnity
: harmony or elegance of design especially of literary style in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other
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Examples of concinnity in a Sentence
a choral work admired for its seamless concinnity of music and dance
Did You Know?
The Romans apparently found perfect harmony in a well-mixed drink. The cocktail in question was a beverage they called "cinnus," and so agreeably concordant did they find it that its name apparently inspired the formation of "concinnare," a verb meaning "to place fitly together." "Concinnare" gave rise to concinnus, meaning "skillfully put together," which in turn fermented into "concinnitas." English speakers added the word to our mix in the 1500s as "concinnity."
Origin and Etymology of concinnity
Latin concinnitas, from concinnus skillfully put together
First Known Use: 1531See Words from the same year
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