noun SYNONYMY NOTE: abridgment describes a work condensed from a larger work by omitting the less important parts,
but keeping the main contents more or less unaltered; an , abstract is a short statement of the basic contents of a book, court record, etc. often used
as an index to the original material; , brief, summary both imply a statement of the main points of the matter under consideration [the brief of a legal argument], summary, especially, connoting a recapitulating statement; a synopsis is a condensed, orderly treatment, as of the plot of a novel, that permits a quick
general view of the whole; a , digest is a concise, systematic treatment, generally more comprehensive in scope than a
synopsis, and, in the case of technical material, often arranged under titles for
quick reference; an , epitome is a statement of the essence of a subject in the shortest possible form 1.
an abridging or being abridged
an abridged form, as of a book
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