Origin of abridgment
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1. digest, epitome; compendium, synopsis, abstract, summary, précis, conspectus; syllabus, brief, outline. 2. reduction, shortening, contraction, compression.
1, 2. expansion, enlargement.
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Examples from the Web for abridgement
You might as well publish an abridgement of Waverley or Ivanhoe.
We will endeavour, by abridgement, to lay it before our readers.
This abridgement was made by the different friends of the cause.The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the
Appian, who comes next, does not confine himself merely to the history of the war; Florus gives us only an abridgement.A Manual of Ancient History
A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
Notwithstanding the abridgement of their rights, a great many of the Jews attained wealth and distinction.Nasby in Exile
David R. Locke
- a shortened version of a written work
- the act of abridging or state of being abridged
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Word Origin and History for abridgement
late 15c., from Old French abregement "shortening, abbreviation," from abregier (see abridge).
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