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brevity (noun) conciseness; the quality of being brief; shortness of duration.

When you have brevity in your speech or writing, you convey a lot of meaning in a very few words. Brevity is the unmistakable feature of great masters of language and expert communicators. Plenty of thought and economy of words make for brevity. A short duration is also brevity, as for example, when we talk of the brevity of life. 'The brevity of the session made any thorough discussion impossible.' This means, no thorough discussion could take place in the short duration of the session.

  • The great orator, known for his brevity, takes no longer than twenty minutes even for his longer speeches. His mastery of language helps him convey in a few words a lot of ideas.
  • The style of George Orwell, of '1984' fame, is very effective, because of its brevity. It is difficult to abridge his works.
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