How can I change parenthesis size in whole document?

I have bunch of 'coc(o)nunt' or 'co(c)onut' words.

Standard parenthesis seems too big, footnotesize looks ok.

Replacing any ( with {\footnotesize(}, looks rather poorly.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Are you using parentheses only in that context? – egreg Mar 6 '12 at 9:41
  • Yes. Is simple \renewcommand solution will be enough? – Erasm Mar 6 '12 at 9:51
  • @Erasm Are you sure they are too big? Try coc(go\"t)nunt. These type of decisions are best left to the font designers. What font are you using? – Yiannis Lazarides Mar 6 '12 at 10:01
  • @Erasm No, a \renewcommand will not be enough. – egreg Mar 6 '12 at 10:03

I wouldn't recommend to apply such an adjustment on a global scale.

The method I would prefer would be to define a proper command for these reduced parentheses


and use it as


so that you'll have the chance to use normal parentheses.

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  • Fixed typo: '\def\<#1\>{% \raisebox{.12ex}{\smaller[2](}#1\raisebox{.12ex}{\smaller[2])}}' – Erasm Mar 6 '12 at 12:43

Not recommended, but here is a solution, using the scalefnt package.


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As you can see from the images, when the text has ascenders or descenders the brackets will look wrong. I have used the scalebox from the graphics package to scale the full word up so it can be see better. Generally I would recommend that one leaves these type of decisions to the font designer or switch fonts.

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