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Excessive briefness in speech or writing.
conciseness, concision, succinctness, economy of language, compendiousness, shortness, briefness, pithiness, pith, incisiveness, crispness, compactness, compressionView synonyms
- ‘The persistent use of brachylogy, especially in the omission of principal verbs, justifies Photius' label 'aphoristic'.’
- ‘Herder is again using brachylogy here: "there must awaken" is really short for "the more there must awaken".’
- ‘Another difficulty for a reader lies in his use of brachylogy.’
- ‘A subject that is a part of an idiom may also be omitted by brachylogy.’
- ‘The prevailing principle of the composition seems to have been the employment of the fewest words, thus rendering the work a constant brachylogy.’
Mid 16th century: from late Latin brachylogia, from Greek brakhulogia (see brachy-, -logy).
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