Origin of concinnityClassical Latin concinnitas from concinnus, skillfully joined, beautiful from an unverified form con-cid-nos, cut together (so as to fit) from com-, with + base of caedere, to cut: see -cide
- Harmony in the arrangement or interarrangement of parts with respect to a whole.
- Studied elegance and facility in style of expression: “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 )
- An instance of harmonious arrangement or studied elegance and facility.
Origin of concinnityFrom Latin concinnitās from concinnāre to put in order from concinnus deftly joined
(countable and uncountable, plural concinnities)
- (music) The harmonious reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art.
Although the concept of concinnity can apply to any object or situation, it is most commonly used in the discussion of music.
Coined 1531 by Sir Thomas Elyot in his treatise, The Boke Named The Governor, from Latin concinnitās (“skillfully put together”).