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Concinnity

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Concinnity Internal harmony or fitness; mutual adaptation of parts; elegance; -- used chiefly of style of discourse. "An exact concinnity and eveness of fancy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n concinnity Fitness; suitableness; connectedness; harmony.
    • n concinnity Specifically In grammar and rhetoric, proper and consistent adjustment of words and clauses as regards both phraseology and construction; fitness and harmony of style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Concinnity kon-sin′i-ti harmony: congruity: elegance
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. concinnitas, fr. concinnus, skillfully put together, beautiful. Of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. concinnus, well adjusted.

Usage

In literature:

Each one has his place to fill and his part to do, and the consequence is a concinnate whole.
"The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac" by Eugene Field
But first an explanation to concinnate my narrative.
"The Holy Cross and Other Tales" by Eugene Field
The tendency of his genius had never been, and at the end was less than ever, in the direction of concinnity.
"Aspects and Impressions" by Edmund Gosse
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