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]
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con•cin•ni•ty(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.See also: Literary Style
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