American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of abridging or the state of being abridged.
- n. A written text that has been abridged.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; contraction; reduction; curtailment; restriction: as, an abridgment of expenses; “abridgment of liberty,”
- n. A condensation, as of a book; a reduction within a smaller space; a reproduction of anything in reduced or condensed form.
- n. That which abridges or cuts short.
- n. That which shortens anything, as time, or makes it appear short; hence, a pastime.
- n. Also spelled abridgement. Synonyms Abridgment, Compendium, Epitome, Abstract, Conspectus, Synopsis, Summary, Syllabus, Brief, Digest. An abridgment is a work shortened by condensation of statement, or by omitting the less essential parts. A compendium, or compend, is a concise but comprehensive view of a subject; in general it does not imply, as abridgment does, the existence of a larger or previous work. An epitome contains only the most important points of a work or subject, expressed in the smallest compass. An abstract is a bare statement or outline of facts, heads, or leading features in a book, lecture, subject, etc. Conspectus and synopsis are, literally, condensed views—the substance of any matter so arranged as to be taken in at a glance; synopsis implies orderly arrangement under heads and particulars. A summary is a brief statement of the main points in a work or treatise, less methodical than an abstract or a synopsis; it may be a recapitulation. A syllabus is commonly a synopsis printed for the convenience of those hearing lectures; but the term is also applied to certain papal documents. (See
syllabus.) Brief is generally confined to its technical legal meanings. (See brief.) A digest is a methodical arrangement of the material of a subject, as under heads or titles; it may include the whole of the matter concerned: as, a digest of laws. There may be an abridgment of a dictionary, a compend or compendium of literature, an epitome of a political situation, an abstract of a sermon, a conspectus or synopsis of a book, a summary of the arguments in a debate, a digest of opinions on some moot point.
- n. obsolete That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly
- n. dated, law Any of various brief statments of case law made before modern reporting of legal cases.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation.
- n. An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form, esp. of a written work; an abbreviation.
- n. obsolete That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly.
- n. a diminution or curtailment, as of legal rights.
- n. a shortened version of a written work
“What is it with the Americans and word abridgment?”
“His text-book in the instruction of the monks, was the theological treatise of St. Anthony of Padua, translated into Arabic; of which he made an abridgment, that is still used among the Maronites.”
“This is an abridgment of the history of Israel's provocations in the wilderness, and of the wrath of God against them for those provocations: and this abridgment is abridged by the apostle, with application to us Christians (1 Cor.x. 5, &c.); for these things were written for our admonition, that we sin not like them, lest we suffer like them.”
“9 A.D. We know the work from the epitomes of the books and from Justin's abridgment, which is similar to that of Florus on Livy.”
“Instead of giving a faithful translation, Fabre made a kind of abridgment of it.”
“This we have already observed concerning pride and humility, and here repeat it concerning love and hatred; and indeed there is so great a resemblance betwixt these two sets of passions, that we shall be obliged to begin with a kind of abridgment of our reasonings concerning the former, in order to explain the latter.”
“See Twin Peaks, 996 F. 2d at 1372-73, 1375-76 (finding that the book at issue was an "abridgment" because it recounted "precisely the plot details" of television episodes "in the same sequence" as they appeared in the original series);”
“As if putting a soda can in one garbage can or another is somehow an abridgment of their freedom.”
“The government cannot decide what a journalist is without violation the command that there be no abridgment of freedom of thepress.”
“The government cannot decide what a journalist is without violation the command that there be no abridgment of freedom of the press.”
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