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also a·bridge·ment  (ə-brĭj′mənt)
1. The act of abridging or the state of being abridged.
2. An abridged written text.


(əˈbrɪdʒmənt) or


1. a shortened version of a written work
2. the act of abridging or state of being abridged


or a•bridge•ment

(əˈbrɪdʒ mənt)

1. a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents.
2. the act or process of abridging.
3. the state of being abridged.
4. reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French]

abridgment, abridgement

a shortened or condensed form of a book, article, etc.
See also: Books
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abridgment - a shortened version of a written workabridgment - a shortened version of a written work
summary, sum-up - a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form; "he gave a summary of the conclusions"



A short summary or version prepared by cutting down a larger work:


(əˈbridʒ) verb
to make (especially a book) shorter.
aˈbridged adjective
aˈbridg(e)ment noun
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I have thought it proper to quote at length these interesting passages, because they contain a luminous abridgment of the principal arguments in favor of the Union, and must effectually remove the false impressions which a misapplication of other parts of the work was calculated to make.
It was long, but I can do no less than favour you with an abridgment of it.
On the other side of the wall there were the two brothers so like each other in the midst of their unlikeness: Adam with knit brows, shaggy hair, and dark vigorous colour, absorbed in his "figuring"; Seth, with large rugged features, the close copy of his brother's, but with thin, wavy, brown hair and blue dreamy eyes, as often as not looking vaguely out of the window instead of at his book, although it was a newly bought book--Wesley's abridgment of Madame Guyon's life, which was full of wonder and interest for him.
Vain der School favored the jury with an abridgment of the testimony, recounted in such a manner as utterly to confuse the faculties of his worthy listeners.
To be master of the sea, is an abridgment of a monarchy.
Mirabel admires your figure; he calls you 'the Venus of Milo, in a state of perfect abridgment.
Of all this mass of epic poetry only the scantiest fragments survive; but happily Photius has preserved to us an abridgment of the synopsis made of each poem of the "Trojan Cycle" by Proclus, i.
What is that abridgment and selection we observe in all spiritual activity, but itself the creative impulse?
I ran over the whole history of my life in miniature, or by abridgment, as I may call it, to my coming to this island, and also of that part of my life since I came to this island.
In a word, I gave him an abridgment of this whole history; I gave him a picture of my conduct for fifty years in miniature.
The self titled Bad Boys of Abridgment have created nine stage shows and two television specials and are currently on an 81-date national tour that is tak-taking in venues up and down the country.
As James Madison so famously said in 1788, 'There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.