Definition of brachylogy in English:

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Pronunciation: /brəˈkɪlədʒi/


[mass noun] rare
Excessive briefness in speech or writing.
Example sentences
  • A subject that is a part of an idiom may also be omitted by brachylogy.
  • Herder is again using brachylogy here: "there must awaken" is really short for "the more there must awaken".
  • The persistent use of brachylogy, especially in the omission of principal verbs, justifies Photius' label 'aphoristic'.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin brachylogia, from Greek brakhulogia (see brachy-, -logy).

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