WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
brev•i•ty /ˈbrɛvɪti/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. shortness (of speech, etc.);
    briefness:the brevity of life.
See -brev-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
brev•i•ty  (brevi tē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. shortness of time or duration;
    briefness:the brevity of human life.
  2. the quality of expressing much in few words;
    terseness:Brevity is the soul of wit.
  • Anglo-French brevite, Old French brievete. See brief, -ity
  • 1500–10
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged compactness, succinctness, pithiness.
      Brevity, conciseness refer to the use of few words in speaking.
      Brevity emphasizes the short duration of speech:reduced to extreme brevity.Conciseness emphasizes compactness of expression:clear in spite of great conciseness.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged length.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

brevity /ˈbrɛvɪtɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity
  2. a short duration; brief time
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin brevitās shortness, from brevis brief

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