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or a·bridge·ment

[uh-brij-muh nt]
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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.
  3. the state of being abridged.
  4. reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.
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Origin of abridgment

1400–50; late Middle English abreg(g)ement, abrygement < Middle French abregement. See abridge, -ment
Related formsnon·a·bridg·ment, noun


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1. digest, epitome; compendium, synopsis, abstract, summary, précis, conspectus; syllabus, brief, outline. 2. reduction, shortening, contraction, compression.


1, 2. expansion, enlargement.
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  1. a shortened version of a written work
  2. the act of abridging or state of being abridged
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