- 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 synopsis
With my third book, what was supposed to be the climax (at least, according to the synopsis) arrived on page 100.Michelle Gagnon’s How I Write Interview: When I Was a Russian Supper-Club Dancer
September 5, 2012
Grunwald offers a synopsis of the book in a Foreign Policy piece.The Real Obama Needs to Fight Five GOP Myths About the Imaginary Obama
September 2, 2012
Skim a synopsis of a Roth satire and you might think him only riotous, ludicrous and extravagant.The 13 Best Baseball Books: From ‘The Art of Fielding’ to ‘Moneyball’
April 5, 2012
According to the synopsis of the WikiLeaks documents by The New York Times, the death toll in 2006 reached beyond 3,000 one month.WikiLeaks Exposes Rumsfeld's Lies
October 25, 2010
The play is so well known that a synopsis of it is unnecessary.
I purpose to furnish a synopsis of the whole at the end of the work.The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio
A. P. Morgan
See the synopsis of Coligny's speech in La Planche, 247, 248.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
Here then I conclude my synopsis of the work of the Fleet in 1915.
He turned to the serial story and began to read the synopsis.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
- 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 synopsis
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