from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Brevity of speech; conciseness.
- noun A shortened or condensed phrase or expression.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In rhetoric and grammar, brevity of diction; a concise or abridged form of expression; especially, non-repetition or omission of a word when its repetition or use would be necessary to complete the grammatical construction: as, I do not think so now, but I have (thought so); this is as good (as) or better than that.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Rhet.) Conciseness of expression; brevity.
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concise speech; laconism
- noun rhetoric Any of several forms of omission of words, including the omission of an understood part of a phrase, as, the omission of "good" from "(good) morning!" (
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Medieval Latin brachylogia, from Greek brakhulogiā : brakhu-, brachy- + logos, speech; see –logy.]
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From brachy- + -logy, from Ancient Greek βραχυλογία, from βραχύς ("short") + λογία ("speech"); compare brachyology.
A similar brachylogy at _EP_ I iv 31 'iunctior Haemonia est _Ponto_ quam Roma