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Definition the use of just a few words; or lasting a short time
  • I'm not sure they appreciated her speech, but I know they liked its brevity.
brevity = lasting a short time
  • I like Twitter for its brevity.
  • brevity = use of few words
  • Brevity is the soul of wit.
    William Shakespeare
  • She answered with equal indifference and brevity, and the others said no more.
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • It is my way—it always was my way, by instinct—ever to meet the brief with brevity, the direct with plainness.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Even with each count stated with maximum brevity, in single spacing, the indictment stretched over eight feet of paper.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • brevity = minimal use of words
  • When Miss Maudie was angry her brevity was icy.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • brevity = use of few words
  • I have condensed some of the action, for the sake of clarity, and eliminated some minor characters, for brevity;
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • brevity = make it shorter
  • "The fleet anchored at Spithead": can anyone want a better sentence for brevity and seamanlike ring?
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • I will imitate the honourable Romans in brevity.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry IV, Part 2
  • Denham answered him with the brevity which is the result of having another sentence in the mind to be addressed to another person.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • Bagnet returns thanks in a neat address of corresponding brevity.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • "Worse," said she, with bitter brevity.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • I visited many other apartments, but shall not trouble my reader with all the curiosities I observed, being studious of brevity.
    Swift, Jonathan  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Her brevity enhances the rigor of her thinking.
  • D'Artagnan repressed his inclination to laugh, because the brevity of Aramis's letter gave rise to reflection.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • The promptness and brevity of the reply called his bluff.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "I am going to accept the situation, Judge Henderson," answered John, with a brevity that did not escape the keen old man.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • I hope you noticed my brevity in introducing him.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He answered, as it were, reluctantly, with extreme brevity, with a sort of disgust which grew more and more marked, though he answered rationally.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov

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