Figure Name conciseness
Source Ad Herennium (403-405); Waddy (1889)
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Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Conciseness is the expressing of an idea by the very minimum of essential words (Ad Herennium)

2. Conciseness, or brevity of expression, consists in using the smallest number of words necessary for the complete expression of a thought - it is fullness in little compass. (Waddy)


1. " On his way he took Lemnus, then left a garrison at Thasus, after that destroyed the Bithynian city, Cius ; next, returning to the Hellespont, he forthwith occupies Abydus." (Ad Herennium)

1." Just recently consul, next he was first man of the state ; then he sets out for Asia ; next he is declared a public enemy and exiled ; after that he is made general-in-chief and finally consul for the seventh time." (Ad Herennium)

2. Nothing is so fleeting as form; yet never does it quite deny itself. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. - Emerson (Waddy)

2. Speech is but broken light upon the depths of the unspoken.- George Eliot. (Waddy)

2. They make a solitude, and call it peace.- Tacitus. (Waddy)

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Last Editor Samantha Price
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