- (music) The harmonious reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art.
1815, William Kirby and William Spence, “Preface”, in An Introduction to Entomology: Or Elements of the Natural History of Insects: with Plates, volume 1, 3rd edition, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, published 1818, page xii:
- In the Terminology, or what, to avoid the barbarism of a word compounded of Latin and Greek, they would beg to call the Orismology of the science, they have endeavoured to introduce throughout a greater degree of precision and concinnity—dividing it into general and partial Orismology; […]
Although the concept of concinnity can apply to any object or situation, it is most commonly used in the discussion of music.
- ^ Henry Hitchings, The Secret Life of Words