[ si-nop-sis ]
/ sɪˈnɒp sɪs /

noun, plural syn·op·ses [si-nop-seez] /sɪˈnɒp siz/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. synonymously,
  2. synonyms,
  3. synonymy,
  4. synop.,
  5. synophthalmia,
  6. synopsize,
  7. synoptic,
  8. synoptic chart,
  9. synoptic gospels,
  10. synoptic meteorology

Origin of synopsis

1605–15; < Late Latin < Greek sýnopsis, equivalent to syn- syn- + op- (suppletive stem of horân to see; cf. autopsy) + -sis -sis

SYNONYMS FOR synopsis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (sɪˈnɒpsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

a condensation or brief review of a subject; summary

Word Origin for synopsis

C17: via Late Latin from Greek sunopsis, from syn- + opsis view

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Word Origin and History for synopses



1610s, from Late Latin synopsis "a synopsis," from Greek synopsis "general view," from a stem of synoran "to see altogether, all at once," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + horan "to see, view" (see warrant).

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