Word Of The Day 4-11-2017

concinnity

con·cin·ni·ty \kən-ˈsi-nə-tē\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words

Definition

harmony or elegance of design especially of literary style in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other

Example

a choral work admired for its seamless concinnity of music and dance
“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).

Did You Know?

The Romans apparently found perfect harmony in a well-mixed drink. The cocktail in question was a beverage they called “cinnus,” and so agreeably concordant did they find it that its name apparently inspired the formation of “concinnare,” a verb meaning “to place fitly together.” “Concinnare” gave rise to concinnus, meaning “skillfully put together,” which in turn fermented into “concinnitas.” English speakers added the word to our mix in the 1500s as “concinnity.”


Origin

Latin concinnitas, from concinnus skillfully put together

First Known Use: 1531


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concinnity
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