[kuh m-pen-dee-uh m]
- a brief treatment or account of a subject, especially an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of medicine.
- a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
- a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.
Also com·pend [kom-pend] /ˈkɒm pɛnd/.
Origin of compendium
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1. survey, digest, conspectus.
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Examples from the Web for compendium
Ultimately, though, it feels like more of a compendium piece than a fully formed documentary.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion
November 14, 2014
They Came Together is a compendium of every romcom cliché known to man.The Romantic Comedy Is Dead
July 7, 2014
The Scarfe cartoon would comfortably fit in any compendium of such grotesqueries.A 10-Point Guide To Anti-Semitism And Its Perception
February 14, 2013
(Tobin contents himself with offering one link in his entire piece, which takes you a compendium of all of Steinfels's work).Jewish Sharptonism, Part 17
September 20, 2012
A compendium of literary parodies—some loving, some devastating—on the subject of Christmas.Twelve Unusual Christmas Reads
December 25, 2011
The ballot is the compendium of all there is in civilization, and of all that civilization has done for us.
His compendium of Galen was the text-book of medicine in the West for many centuries.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
She was worth her wages to the office merely as a compendium of shams.In Our Town
William Allen White
Johnstown is a compendium of business, and misery, and despair.History of the Johnstown Flood
Willis Fletcher Johnson
He began a compendium of religions, then of literature, and last of the Romance languages.Idling in Italy
- British a book containing a collection of useful hints
- British a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container
- a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh
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Word Origin and History for compendium
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