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Definition of Brief

Brief

  1. Short in duration.
  2. Concise; terse; succinct.
  3. Rife; common; prevalent.
  4. Briefly.
  5. Soon; quickly.
  6. A short concise writing or letter; a statement in few words.
  7. An epitome.
  8. An abridgment or concise statement of a client's case, made out for the instruction of counsel in a trial at law. This word is applied also to a statement of the heads or points of a law argument.
  9. A writ; a breve. See Breve, n., 2.
  10. A writ issuing from the chancery, directed to any judge ordinary, commanding and authorizing that judge to call a jury to inquire into the case, and upon their verdict to pronounce sentence.
  11. A letter patent, from proper authority, authorizing a collection or charitable contribution of money in churches, for any public or private purpose.
  12. To make an abstract or abridgment of; to shorten; as, to brief pleadings.

Brief Quotations

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.
Edgar Allan Poe

In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
John Buchanan Robinson

Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.
Euripides

We humans are hard to deal with. We are a loud, complex and demanding bunch. Often, we are best dealt with from a safe distance and for only brief periods of time. This could be why a lot of marriages fail.
Henry Rollins

If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.
John Dryden
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Brief Translations

brief in Afrikaans is kort
brief in Danish is kort
brief in Dutch is kortstondig, kort
brief in German is kurz, Auftrag, instruieren, kurz
brief in Italian is breve
brief in Latin is concisus, brevis
brief in Norwegian is kort
brief in Swedish is kortvarig, kort, kort
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