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synopsis

[si-nop-sis]
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noun, plural syn·op·ses [si-nop-seez] /sɪˈnɒp siz/.
  1. a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject.
  2. a compendium of heads or short paragraphs giving a view of the whole.
  3. a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
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Origin of synopsis

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

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condensation, epitome, abstract, abridgment, précis. See summary.
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synopsis

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. a condensation or brief review of a subject; summary
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Word Origin

C17: via Late Latin from Greek sunopsis, from syn- + opsis view
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Word Origin and History for synopses

synopsis

n.

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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