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abridgment (plural abridgments)
- (US) The act of abridging; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation; as, an abridgment of pleasures or of expenses. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (US) The state of being abridged or lessened.
- (US) An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form; an abbreviation. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
2012 March 22, Scott Tobias, “The Hunger Games”, in AV Club:
- When the goal is simply to be as faithful as possible to the material—as if a movie were a marriage, and a rights contract the vow—the best result is a skillful abridgment, one that hits all the important marks without losing anything egregious.
- (obsolete) That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly
1605, Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, V-i:
- What abridgment have you for this evening? What masque? what music?
- (dated, law) Any of various brief statements of case law made before modern reporting of legal cases.
- In current usage this spelling is about as common as abridgement in the US, but much less common in the UK.
- Notes on near-synonyms:
- An abridgment is made by omitting the less important parts of some larger work; as, an abridgment of a dictionary.
- A compendium is a brief exhibition of a subject, or science, for common use; as, a compendium of American literature.
- An epitome corresponds to a compendium, and gives briefly the most material points of a subject; as, an epitome of history.
- An abstract is a brief statement of a thing in its main points.
- A synopsis is a bird's-eye view of a subject, or work, in its several parts.
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- ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 , ISBN 0-394-43600-8), page 5
- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8