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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abridgment  \A*bridg"ment\  (-br[i^]j"ment),  n.  [OE.  abregement 
  See  {Abridge}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  abridging,  or  the  state  of  being  abridged; 
  diminution;  lessening;  reduction  or  deprivation;  as  an 
  abridgment  of  pleasures  or  of  expenses. 
 
  2.  An  epitome  or  compend,  as  of  a  book;  a  shortened  or 
  abridged  form  an  abbreviation. 
 
  Ancient  coins  as  abridgments  of  history.  --Addison. 
 
  3.  That  which  abridges  or  cuts  short;  hence  an  entertainment 
  that  makes  the  time  pass  quickly.  [Obs.] 
 
  What  abridgment  have  you  for  this  evening?  What 
  mask?  What  music?  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  {Abridgment},  {Compendium},  {Epitome},  {Abstract}, 
  {Synopsis}. 
 
  Usage:  An  abridgment  is  made  by  omitting  the  less  important 
  parts  of  some  larger  work  as  an  abridgment  of  a 
  dictionary  A  compendium  is  a  brief  exhibition  of  a 
  subject,  or  science,  for  common  use  as  a  compendium 
  of  American  literature.  An  epitome  corresponds  to  a 
  compendium,  and  gives  briefly  the  most  material  points 
  of  a  subject;  as  an  epitome  of  history.  An  abstract 
  is  a  brief  statement  of  a  thing  in  its  main  points.  A 
  synopsis  is  a  bird's-eye  view  of  a  subject,  or  work 
  in  its  several  parts 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abridgment 
  n  :  a  shortened  version  of  a  written  work  [syn:  {condensation}, 
  {abridgement},  {capsule}] 




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