abridgment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n abridgment a shortened version of a written work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abridgment a diminution or curtailment, as of legal rights.
    • Abridgment An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form, esp. of a written work; an abbreviation. "Ancient coins as abridgments of history."
    • Abridgment That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly. "What abridgment have you for this evening? What mask? What music?"
    • Abridgment The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation; as, an abridgment of pleasures or of expenses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abridgment The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; contraction; reduction; curtailment; restriction: as, an abridgment of expenses; “abridgment of liberty,”
    • n abridgment A condensation, as of a book; a reduction within a smaller space; a reproduction of anything in reduced or condensed form.
    • n abridgment That which abridges or cuts short.
    • n abridgment That which shortens anything, as time, or makes it appear short; hence, a pastime.
    • n abridgment 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Abridgment contraction: shortening of time, labour or privileges: a compendium of a larger work: an epitome or synopsis:
    • ns Abridgment (law) the leaving out of certain portions Of a plaintiff's demand, the writ still holding good for the remainder
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Quotations

  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. abregement,. See Abridge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. abregier (Fr. abréger)—L. abbreviāre. See Abbreviate.

Usage

In literature:

An abridgement of all that was pleasant in man.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
Interverted, abridged, mutilated, and often reversing the sense of the original, I found it a blotch of errors from beginning to end.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
All are willing to add a bill of rights; but they fear the power of internal taxation will be abridged.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I wish no man's comforts to be abridged for the enlargement of mine.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
No law should be made or enforced which would abridge my right while enlarging the right of my neighbor.
"Black and White" by Timothy Thomas Fortune
We shall not attempt the vain task of abridgment, a few words are all we can give to the subject.
"August Comte and Positivism" by John-Stuart Mill
Long as it is, we cannot bring ourselves to abridge it.
"Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons" by Arabella W. Stuart
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Abstract (abridgement) = resumo.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
We shall abridge Mr Macgillivray's narrative of her story.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 432" by Various
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In poetry:

Your lands, with force or cunning got,
Shrink to the measure of the grave;
But Death himself abridges not
The tenures of almighty thought,
The titles of the wise and brave.
"The Landlord" by James Russell Lowell
Perhaps no spot upon this sphere,
Has charms for me more sacred, dear,
Than those of old Poundridge;
I love her hills, her lakes, her streams,
Her rural haunts, where Nature teems
With joys naught can abridge.
"Poundridge, N. Y." by Jared Barhite

In news:

To cure your post-election blues, you must go bust a gut at "The Complete History of America, Abridged ," presented by Lee Street Theater.
Lee Street Theatre presents 'The Complete History of America ( Abridged )'.
Lee Street Theatre stages "The History of America, Abridged ".
The Wit and Wisdom of Patrick Stewart ( Abridged ).
Popovich keeps playbook abridged .
Coyote Drama Productions ready with Shakespearean abridgement .
He first books I ever abridged were romances, novels as fantastic as Jules Verne with their relentless, requited love.
How a God Finds Art (the Abridged Version).
S omething peculiar happens to people who cherish their liberty when machines effect its abridgement: They cease caring.
An abridged version will be released October 4.
This slightly abridged paper reviews the proceedings of the International Conference on High Power Electron Beam (EB) Technology, sponsored by ALD Vacuum Technology, Bakish Materials Corp.
"Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…".
If ever there was an argument for selective abridgment, this audio version of Parker's latest Spenser outing is the poster child for it.
The Wit and Wisdom of Patrick Stewart (Abridged).
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" opens tonight at 7:30 at the Coyote Arena Theatre, where it will be presented by Coyote Drama Productions.
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In science:

The version of the table presented here is abridged; the full table will be available upon publication from NASA’s Astrophysical Data Center (ADC) and from the Centre de Donn´ees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS).
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
The version of the table presented here is abridged; the full table will be available upon publication from NASA’s Astrophysical Data Center (ADC) and from the Centre de Donn´ees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS).
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
This is an abridged version of this table; the full table will be available upon publication from NASA’s Astrophysical Data Center (ADC) and from the Centre de Donn´ees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS).
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
Both sections are in the nature of an abridged review, and the reader is referred to the original articles of Mattuck and Matsumoto et al. for details.
Hysteretic phenomena in many-body physics
Diogenes Laertius describes him as the very courageous man: “He, wishing to put an end to the power of Nearches, the tyrant (some, however, call the tyrant Diomedon), was arrested, as we are informed by Heraclides, in his abridgment of Satyrus.
Zeno meets modern science
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