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n. pl. con·cin·ni·ties
1. Harmony in the arrangement or interarrangement of parts with respect to a whole.
2. Studied elegance and facility in style of expression: "He has what one character calls 'the gifts of concinnity and concision,' that deft swipe with a phrase that can be so devastating in children" (Elizabeth Ward).
3. An instance of harmonious arrangement or studied elegance and facility.

[From Latin concinnitās, from concinnāre, to put in order, from concinnus, deftly joined.]
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n, pl -ties
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a harmonious arrangement of parts, esp in literary works, speeches, etc
[C16: from Latin concinnitās a skilful combining of various things, from concinnāre to adjust, of obscure origin]
conˈcinnous adj
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(kənˈsɪn ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. harmony of tone as well as logic among the elements of a discourse.
2. any harmonious adaptation of parts.
[1525–35; < Latin concinnitās=concinn(us) neatly arranged]
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harmony or fitness, especially of literary style. — concinnous, adj.
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First, as we have seen, formal concinnities may be found without ambiguity of the whole, because context serves to clarify what is meant.