from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being pressed; closeness; compression; condensation of thought or language; terseness.


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  • An excellent critic of our own commends Boileau’s closeness, or, as he calls it, pressness, particularly; whereas, it appears to me, that repetition is his fault, if any fault should be imputed to him.

    The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2


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