- a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject.
- a compendium of heads or short paragraphs giving a view of the whole.
- a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
Origin of synopsis
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condensation, epitome, abstract, abridgment, précis. See summary.
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Examples from the Web for synopses
The bane of my existence is the synopses that publishers request for a new novel or series.Michelle Gagnon’s How I Write Interview: When I Was a Russian Supper-Club Dancer
September 5, 2012
The synopses of the contents of Biblical books will be found helpful.The Literature of the Old Testament
George Foot Moore
Grammar drill by references to synopses of grammar in the beginner's book.The School System of Norway
David Allen Anderson
I have retained the division into larger and smaller sections and the synopses of the various chapters.The Wonders of Life
These published sermons therefore are little better than synopses of what the prophet said, and necessarily imperfect.A New Witness for God (Volume 1 of 3)
B. H. Roberts
We have in the First Epistle two synopses of the Gospel which correspond with a perfect precision to these claims.Expositor's Bible: The Epistles of St. John
- a condensation or brief review of a subject; summary
C17: via Late Latin from Greek sunopsis, from syn- + opsis view
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Word Origin and History for synopses
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