[soo m-uh, suhm-uh]
- a comprehensive work or series of works covering, synthesizing, or summarizing a particular field or subject.
- a work or series of works that is a summary of all human knowledge.
Origin of summa
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin; Latin: sum
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Examples from the Web for summa
The Citi Bike system is thus a summa of all conservative fears.Why Conservatives Should Love Bike Share
June 9, 2013
But the compelling weight of her experience is revealed in her résumé: summa cum laude from Princeton, editor of Yale Law Review.A Persistent Pioneer
Patricia J. Williams
May 26, 2009
He took care to use the word “lynch” in his summa on behalf of Mr. Burris.Carnival of the Shameless
January 4, 2009
"To the summa folks," Clementina explained, innocent of satire.Ragged Lady, Complete
William Dean Howells
There is no summa of the Leibnitzian science and philosophy.
In support of the allegations of the text, consult the Summa.
As heretofore, I follow the exposition of the Summa theologiae.
Called also his Summa philosophica, to distinguish it from his Summa theologiae.
- medieval Christianity theol a compendium of theology, philosophy, or canon law, or sometimes of all three together. The Summa Theologica of St Thomas Aquinas, written between 1265 and 1274, was the most famous of all such compendia
- rare a comprehensive work or survey
C15: from Latin: sum 1