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The quality of bringing one into direct and instant involvement with something, giving rise to a sense of urgency or excitement.‘electronic mail works because it has the immediacy of a scribbled memo’
rapidity, swiftness, speediness, alacrity, quickness, fastness, celerity, velocity, dispatch, promptness, immediacy, expeditiousness, expedition, briskness, sharpnessView synonyms
- ‘The result has a visceral, involving immediacy rare in Hollywood product.’
- ‘Her genius was to give a sense of immediacy to visions constructed slowly as works of art.’
- ‘It's that sense of immediacy and instant gratification that is part of the allure.’
- ‘And by serving with a squeeze of lime juice and a minted cucumber salad, you add immediacy and freshness.’
- ‘The immediacy and connectivity can expose great wrong; in just the same way, it can do great wrong.’
- ‘Many people have been killed, but when television gets involved like this it seems to hit us with more immediacy.’
- ‘That element, and a sense of immediacy, is absent in a lot of the material produced in the last 20 years.’
- ‘These bizarre stunts are entertaining and the handheld camera in dogged pursuit offers a sense of immediacy.’
- ‘This means immediacy in the tone, even when the subject calls for some mediation.’
- ‘Video art brought with it the temporal immediacy of the camera and the possibility of live transmission.’
- ‘And then there is the digital camera, with its immediacy, its clear and beautiful treatment of light.’
- ‘It is these qualities, however, which lend their old folk material a crucial sense of immediacy and excitement.’
- ‘For the first time the vivid immediacy of such acts was brought into the homes of millions.’
- ‘The new songs bristle with an excitement and immediacy that demand attention.’
- ‘For such a period movie the film is alive with a sense of immediacy that is rarely seen in modern cinema.’
- ‘However, in filmmaking, honesty and immediacy are not virtues but strategies.’
- ‘That immediacy works well, leading to differing reactions at key points from the teenagers and parents in the audience.’
- ‘There is a quality of immediacy and reality in what writing is taken to be.’
- ‘The vocabulary of these pioneers was based on a primitivising language of simplicity and immediacy.’
- ‘Direct comment regarding the passage of time allows immediacy to be tempered with distance.’
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