or a·bridge·ment

[ uh-brij-muhnt ]
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  1. a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy's War and Peace.

  2. the act or process of abridging.

  1. the state of being abridged.

  2. reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.

Origin of abridgment

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English abreg(g)ement, abrygement, from Middle French abregement; see abridge, -ment

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Other words from abridgment

  • non·a·bridg·ment, noun

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How to use abridgment in a sentence

  • In the abridgment of his report which follows I eliminate what has already been fully demonstrated elsewhere in this book.

    Mysterious Psychic Forces | Camille Flammarion

British Dictionary definitions for abridgment



/ (əˈbrɪdʒmənt) /

  1. a shortened version of a written work

  2. the act of abridging or state of being abridged

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