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compendium

[kuhm-pen-dee-uhm]
noun, plural com·pen·di·ums, com·pen·di·a [kuhm-pen-dee-uh] /kəmˈpɛn di ə/.
  1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of medicine.
  2. a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
  3. a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.
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Also com·pend [kom-pend] /ˈkɒm pɛnd/.

Origin of compendium

1575–85; < Latin: gain, saving, shortcut, abridgment, equivalent to com- com- + pend- (stem of pendere to cause to hang down, weigh) + -ium -ium

Synonyms for compendium

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Related Words for compendia

sketch, essence, abstract, manual, brief, summary, syllabus, survey, conspectus, overview, handbook, epitome, guide, digest, pandect

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British Dictionary definitions for compendia

compendium

noun plural -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
  1. British a book containing a collection of useful hints
  2. British a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container
  3. a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
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Word Origin for compendium

C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for compendia

compendium

n.

1580s, from Latin compendium "a shortening, saving," literally "that which is weighed together," from compendere "to weigh together," from com- "together" (see com-) + pendere "to weigh" (see pendant). Borrowed earlier as compendi (mid-15c.).

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