a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject.
a compendium of heads or short paragraphs giving a view of the whole.
a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
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How to use synopsis in a sentence
The bane of my existence is the synopses that publishers request for a new novel or series.Michelle Gagnon’s How I Write Interview: When I Was a Russian Supper-Club Dancer | Noah Charney | September 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He here paused for a moment, stepped to a book-case, and brought forth one of the ordinary synopses of Natural History.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
I have retained the division into larger and smaller sections and the synopses of the various chapters.The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
What type would you use for a table of contents when chapter synopses are not given?Capitals | Frederick W. Hamilton
In the same journal (29 : 226 f.) I have given synopses of two Tagalog metrical romances which open with the Cinderella setting.Filipino Popular Tales | Dean S. Fansler
I have therefore provided brief synopses of these, as well as some account of Egyptian archology.Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt | Lewis Spence
British Dictionary definitions for synopsis
a condensation or brief review of a subject; summary
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