from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Harmony in the arrangement or interarrangement of parts with respect to a whole.
- n. Studied elegance and facility in style of expression: "He has what one character calls 'the gifts of concinnity and concision,' that deft swipe with a phrase that can be so devastating in children” ( Elizabeth Ward).
- n. An instance of harmonious arrangement or studied elegance and facility.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The harmonious reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Internal harmony or fitness; mutual adaptation of parts; elegance; -- used chiefly of style of discourse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fitness; suitableness; connectedness; harmony.
- n. Specifically In grammar and rhetoric, proper and consistent adjustment of words and clauses as regards both phraseology and construction; fitness and harmony of style.
There was a moment of inner peace in which belief and doubt merged into a strangely comforting concinnity.
Gorgias, it is said, was the first Orator who practised this species of _concinnity_.
But there are likewise certain forms of expression, which have such a natural concinnity, as will necessarily have a similar effect to that of regular numbers.
This is the reason why our numbers are not to be so conspicuous in prose as in verse; and that in prose, what is called a _numerous_ style, does not always become so by the use of numbers, but sometimes either by the concinnity of our language, or the smooth juncture of our words.
None of the stories are precisely those of Aesop, and none have the concinnity, terseness, and unmistakable deduction of the lesson intended to be taught by the fable, so conspicuous in the great Greek fabulist.
Laplacian evolutionism, this nebular theory of such exquisite concinnity, here reduced to its simplest terms and most elementary dimensions, has received many hard knocks from later astronomers, and has been a good deal bowled over, both on mathematical and astronomical grounds, by recent investigators of nebulæ and meteors.
We know not whether to admire most the genial, fresh, and discursive concinnity of the author, or his playful fancy, weird imagination, and compass of style, at once both objective and subjective ....
Foreign Secretary, -- the ornate and correct rhetorician, so famed for the concinnity of his phrases, the Earl of Beaconsfield.
There is no such writing as this in any of the works of Tacitus, who, though curt and concise, is always remarkable for concinnity and clearness of expression as well as for perspicuity and consecutiveness of idea.
"Were such and such things rightly methodized? such and such words well placed? was there an exact concinnity in what was said?" and the like.
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