brief (n.) Old form(s): breefe
epitome, embodiment
E3 II.i.82[King Edward to Lodowick] [write] To one ... / Whose body is an abstract or a brief, / Contains each general virtue
KJ II.i.103[King Philip to King John, of Arthur's resemblance to John's brother] the hand of time / Shall draw this brief into as huge a volume
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