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compendium

[ kuhm-pen-dee-uhm ]

noun

, plural com·pen·di·ums, com·pen·di·a [k, uh, m-, pen, -dee-, uh].
  1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise:

    a compendium of medicine.

    Synonyms: conspectus, digest, survey

  2. a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
  3. a full list or inventory:

    a compendium of their complaints.



compendium

/ kəmˈpɛndɪəm /

noun

  1. a book containing a collection of useful hints
  2. 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 History and Origins

Origin of compendium1

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

Origin of compendium1

C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh
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Example Sentences

The compendium that Sorensen gave Kennedy contains about 150 speeches.

Similar in technique to Fingrutd’s video but more politically pointed, Carlos Franco’s “” is a feverish compendium of outrages against Puerto Rico.

To help, FiveThirtyEight is compiling The Greatness Files, a compendium of, well, what makes great athletes great.

To learn everything about how to become a poll worker in your state, the EAC has a comprehensive compendium with all the details.

Ultimately, though, it feels like more of a compendium piece than a fully formed documentary.

They Came Together is a compendium of every romcom cliché known to man.

This week, a memoir of liberation, a biography of Ariel Sharon, and a comprehensive compendium from a master poet.

The Scarfe cartoon would comfortably fit in any compendium of such grotesqueries.

(Tobin contents himself with offering one link in his entire piece, which takes you a compendium of all of Steinfels's work).

His compendium of Galen was the text-book of medicine in the West for many centuries.

A compendium would be the bread-fruit, within reach, and easily plucked.

The present work is not a compendium of astronomy or an outline course of popular reading in that science.

Below will be found a compendium of Virginia conventions, with the names of the delegates returned by Loudoun County.

This compendium, together with the Compendium of Metaphysics, was republished at Strassburg in 1722.

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