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Meaning of BREVITY

Pronunciation:  'brevitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the attribute of being brief or fleeting
  2. [n]  the use of brief expressions

BREVITY is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: briefness, transience
 See Also: duration, length, terseness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Brev"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Brevities}. [L. brevitas, fr.
brevis short: cf. F. bri[`e]vit['e]. See {Brief}.]
1. Shortness of duration; briefness of time; as, the brevity
   of human life.

2. Contraction into few words; conciseness.

         Brevity is the soul of wit.           --Shak.

         This argument is stated by St. John with his usual
         elegant brevity and simplicity.       --Bp. Porteus.

Syn: Shortness; conciseness; succinctness; terseness.

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