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shortness of time or duration; briefness:
the brevity of human life.
the quality of expressing much in few words; terseness:
Ironically, it is long-winded Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet who famously says that brevity is the soul of wit.
Contemporary Examples

David’s Book Club: The Souls of Black Folk David Frum May 4, 2013
What Did You Do in the Targeted Action, Daddy? John McWhorter September 11, 2014
Will Stocks Dive Again? Randall Lane May 10, 2010
If Rob Ford Really Smoked Crack, He’d Have a Hell of a Time Governing Toronto Mansfield Frazier May 28, 2013
Mitt’s Many Missed Moments Justin Green October 22, 2012

Historical Examples

The Return of Tharn Howard Carleton Browne
Protagoras Plato
Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments Henry Negretti

noun (pl) -ties
conciseness of expression; lack of verbosity
a short duration; brief time


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