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Concision of speech or writing; thus also any condensed form of expression, as for example when Antony in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra tells a messenger ‘Grates me: the sum’, meaning ‘This is annoying me; get to the point of what you have to say’. The term is most often applied to expressions involving the omission of conjunctions, as in the figure known as asyndeton.

Subjects: Literature.

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