[kuh m-pen-dee-uh s]
- of or like a compendium; containing the substance of a subject, often an exclusive subject, in a brief form; concise: a compendious history of the world.
Origin of compendious
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summary, comprehensive, succinct, packed.
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Examples from the Web for compendious
David Frum on Allen Guelzo's compendious synthesis of new thinking about slavery and its aftermath.David's Book Club: Fateful Lightning
January 19, 2013
Let us diligently follow that, and be compendious with the remainder.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)
How does its beautiful simplicity also, and compendious brevity, give it rank before the laborious subtleties of Bellarmine!
Leibnitz gave a compendious statement of his system in his Monadology .The Wonders of Life
A native restaurant in its simplest and most compendious shape.Java, Facts and Fancies
Augusta de Wit
It will be sufficient to cite one notorious and compendious example.What was the Gunpowder Plot?
- containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct
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Word Origin and History for compendious
"concise," late 14c., from Old French compendieux, from Latin compendiosus "advantageous, abridged, brief," from compendium (see compendium).
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