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  1. 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.
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Origin of compendious

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word compendiōsus. See compendium, -ous
Related formscom·pen·di·ous·ly, adverbcom·pen·di·ous·ness, nounun·com·pen·di·ous, adjective
Can be confusedcompendious voluminous

Synonyms for compendious

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Historical Examples of compendiously

  • It can most compendiously be demonstrated with the help of the preceding canons.

    Logic, Inductive and Deductive

    William Minto

  • Now compendiously abridged, and made of more use; with very considerable Improvements.

  • There remains the derivative form of creation, compendiously styled evolution.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays

    Bertram Coghill Alan Windle

  • The annalists say compendiously that Armagh was burned twice in one month by Thomas Sussex.

  • Two qualities, according to Bokenam, characterize his own style; he writes "compendiously" and he avoids "gay speech."

British Dictionary definitions for compendiously


  1. containing or stating the essentials of a subject in a concise form; succinct
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Derived Formscompendiously, adverbcompendiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for compendiously



"concise," late 14c., from Old French compendieux, from Latin compendiosus "advantageous, abridged, brief," from compendium (see compendium).

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