Brevity | ‘brevədē| noun
Concise and exact use of words in writing or speech.
• shortness of time: the brevity of human life.
Brevity is the soul of wit —proverb
i.e. the essence of a witty statement lies in its concise wording and delivery.[from Shakespeare’s Hamlet ii. ii. 90.]
late 15th cent.: from Old French brievete, from Latin brevitas, from brevis ‘brief.’
–From the dictionary on my MacBook: Version 2.2.1 (178)