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Word of the Day: "concinnity"


concinnity \kuhn-SIN-uh-tee\ noun
     : Internal harmony or fitness in the adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other.
     : Studied elegance of design or arrangement -- used chiefly of literary style.
     : An instance of concinnity.

Example usage:
     Denis Donoghue is a primary critic of our time, catholic in scope, unique in literary apprehension, crucially gratifying in the clear concinnity of his prose.
     --Ihab Hassan

     Concinnity comes from Latin concinnitas, "elegance; harmony of style," from concinnus, "skillfully put together; pleasing, on account of harmony and proportion." Circa 1531.

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