abatement, abbreviation, abstract, alleviation, aphorism, apocope, attenuation, bereavement, blue-penciling, bowdlerization, breviary, brief, cancellation, capsule, censoring, censorship, compendium, compression, condensation, conspectus, contraction, curtailment, dampening, damping, decrease, decrement, decrescence, deduction, deflation, deletion, depreciation, depression, deprivation, deprivement, digest, diminishment, diminution, disburdening, disburdenment, disentitlement, divestment, dying, dying off, editing, elision, ellipsis, epigram, epitome, erasure, expurgation, extenuation, fade-out, foreshortening, languishment, lessening, letup, lowering, miniaturization, mitigation, omission, outline, precis, privation, recap, recapitulation, reduction, relaxation, relieving, retrenchment, sagging, scaling down, shortening, simplicity, sketch, striking, subtraction, sum, summary, summation, summing-up, syllabus, syncope, synopsis, telescoping, truncation, weakening
conciseness, brevity, the soul of wit, laconism, Tacitus, ellipsis, syncope, abridgment, compression, epitome, monostich, brunch word, portmanteau word, concise, brief, short, terse, close, to the point, exact, neat, compact, compressed, condensed, pointed, laconic, curt, pithy, trenchant, summary, pregnant, compendious, succinct, elliptical, epigrammatic, quaint, crisp, sententious, concisely, briefly, summarily, in brief, in short, in a word, in a few words, for shortness sake, to come to the point, to make a long story short, to cut the matter short, to be brief, it comes to this, the long and the short of it is, brevis esse laboro obscurus fio.
compend, compendium, abstract, precis, epitome, multum in parvo, analysis, pandect, digest, sum and substance, brief, abridgment, summary, apercu, draft, minute, note, excerpt, synopsis, textbook, conspectus, outlines, syllabus, contents, heads, prospectus, album, scrap book, note book, memorandum book, commonplace book, extracts, excerpta, cuttings, fugitive pieces, fugitive writing, spicilegium, flowers, anthology, collectanea, analecta, compilation, recapitulation, resume, review, abbreviation, abbreviature, contraction, shortening, compression, compendious, synoptic, analectic, abrege, abridged, variorum, in short, in epitome, in substance, in few words, it lies in a nutshell.
nonincrease, decrease, decrease, diminution, lessening, subtraction, reduction, abatement, declension, shrinking (contraction, ), coarctation, abridgment, extenuation, subsidence, wane, ebb, decline, ebbing, descent, decrement, reflux, depreciation, deterioration, anticlimax, mitigation, unincreased, decreased, decreasing, on the wane, a gilded halo hovering round decay, fine by degrees and beautifully less.
shortness, brevity, littleness, a span, shortening, abbreviation, abbreviature, abridgment, concision, retrenchment, curtailment, decurtation, reduction, epitome, elision, ellipsis, conciseness, abridger, epitomist, epitomizer, short, brief, curt, compendious, compact, stubby, scrimp, shorn, stubbed, stumpy, thickset, pug, chunky, decurtate, retrousse, stocky, squab, squabby, squat, dumpy, little, curtailed of its fair proportions, short by, oblate, concise, summary, shortly, in short.