or a·bridge·ment

[ uh-brij-muhnt ]
/ əˈbrɪdʒ mənt /


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.

Origin of abridgment

1400–50; late Middle English abreg(g)ement, abrygement < Middle French abregement. See abridge, -ment

Related forms

non·a·bridg·ment, noun
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/ (əˈbrɪdʒmənt) /


a shortened version of a written work
the act of abridging or state of being abridged
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