Translation: from spanish

brevity is the soul of wit

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  • brevity is the soul of wit — ► brevity is the soul of wit proverb the essence of a witty statement lies in its concise wording and delivery. [ORIGIN: from Shakespeare s Hamlet (II. ii. 90).] Main Entry: ↑brevity …   English terms dictionary

  • brevity is the soul of wit — The best way to communicate intelligently is to be concise and not to use unnecessary words …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • brevity is the soul of wit — In quot. 1600–1 soul of wit should be understood as ‘essence of wisdom’; wit is now commonly understood in its modern sense, the ‘(power of giving sudden intellectual pleasure by) unexpected, quick, and humorous combining or contrasting of ideas… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • brevity is the soul of wit — proverb the essence of a witty statement lies in its concise wording and delivery Origin: from Shakespeare s Hamlet ii. ii. 90 …   Useful english dictionary

  • brevity — ► NOUN 1) concise and exact use of words. 2) shortness of time. ● brevity is the soul of wit Cf. ↑brevity is the soul of wit ORIGIN Latin brevitas, from brevis brief …   English terms dictionary

  • Brevity — Brev i*ty, n.; pl. {Brevities}. [L. brevitas, fr. brevis short: cf. F. bri[ e]vit[ e]. See {Brief}.] 1. Shortness of duration; briefness of time; as, the brevity of human life. [1913 Webster] 2. Contraction into few words; conciseness. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soul — [sōl] n. [ME soule < OE sawol, akin to Ger seele, Goth saiwala < Gmc * saiwalo, lit., ? that belonging to the sea (< * saiwa > SEA): from the early Gmc belief that souls originate in and return to the sea] 1. an entity which is… …   English World dictionary

  • wit — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Cleverness Nouns 1. wit, wittiness; Atticism; salt; sense of humor, funny bone, esprit, point, fancy, whim, humor, drollery, pleasantry; comedy; jocularity, jocosity, jocoseness; levity, facetiousness;… …   English dictionary for students

  • Brevity — Infobox Comic strip caption=Cover of the second Brevity book released August 2007. title=Brevity 2 creator=Guy Rodd current= status=Current syndicate=United Media comictype=print genre=humor first=January 3 2005 last=Brevity is a single panel… …   Wikipedia

  • brevity — /brev i tee/, n. 1. shortness of time or duration; briefness: the brevity of human life. 2. the quality of expressing much in few words; terseness: Brevity is the soul of wit. [1500 10; < AF brevite, OF brievete. See BRIEF, ITY] Syn. 2.… …   Universalium

  • soul — see brevity is the soul of wit confession is good for the soul corporations have neither bodies to be punished nor souls to be damned the eyes are the window of the soul a nation without a language is a nation without a heart …   Proverbs new dictionary


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