[ uh-brij-muhnt ]
/ əˈbrɪdʒ mənt /
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a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy's War and Peace.
the act or process of abridging.
the state of being abridged.
reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.
OTHER WORDS FOR abridgment
1 digest, epitome; compendium, synopsis, abstract, summary, précis, conspectus; syllabus, brief, outline.
OPPOSITES FOR abridgment
1, 2 expansion, enlargement.
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Origin of abridgment
OTHER WORDS FROM abridgmentnon·a·bridg·ment, noun
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How to use abridgment in a sentence
To which is added a Chronological abridgement of the sacred scriptures by way of dialogue.
I chanced to possess an abridgement of the "Biblia naturae," the masterly work of the father of insect anatomy.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
History is to be begun with an abridgement of universal history; such as Justin, Florus, and the abridgement of Livy.The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius|Jean Lvesque de Burigny
An abridgement was tried of Gibbon; but it had little success, and has never since been attempted.
The Mandan future inflection -kit -kt -t appears to be an abridgement of this.The Dakotan Languages, and Their Relations to Other Languages|Andrew Woods Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for abridgment
/ (əˈbrɪdʒmənt) /
a shortened version of a written work
the act of abridging or state of being abridged
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