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com·pen·di·um

 (kəm-pĕn′dē-əm)
n. pl. com·pen·di·ums or com·pen·di·a (-dē-ə)
1. A short but complete summary of something.
2. A list or collection of various items.

[Latin, a shortening, from compendere, to weigh together : com-, com- + pendere, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

compendium

(kəmˈpɛndɪəm)
n, pl -diums or -dia (-dɪə)
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) Brit a book containing a collection of useful hints
2. Brit a selection, esp of different games or other objects in one container
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
[C16: from Latin: a saving, literally: something weighed, from pendere to weigh]

com•pen•di•um

(kəmˈpɛn di əm)

n., pl. -di•ums, -di•a (-di ə)
1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, esp. an extensive subject.
2. a summary, epitome, or abridgment.
3. a full list or inventory: a compendium of their complaints.
[1575–85; < Latin: gain, saving, abridgment <com- + pend(ere) to cause to hang down, weigh]

compendium

- Latin for "that which is weighed together," it is a complete summary or abridgment or a concise collection of materials—not an all-encompassing or comprehensive work (plural is compendiums or compendia).
See also related terms for materials.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.compendium - a publication containing a variety of works
publication - a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
anthology - a collection of selected literary passages
archives - collection of records especially about an institution
compilation, digest - something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
2.compendium - a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
summary, sum-up - a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form; "he gave a summary of the conclusions"

compendium

noun collection, summary, abstract, digest, compilation, epitome, synopsis, précis His book is a delightful compendium of miscellaneous knowledge.
Translations

compendium

[kəmˈpendɪəm] N (compendiums or compendia (pl)) → compendio m
compendium of gamesjuegos mpl reunidos

compendium

nHandbuch nt, → Kompendium nt; compendium of gamesSpielemagazin nt

compendium

[kəmˈpɛndɪəm] n (summary) → compendio, sommario
compendium of games (Brit) → scatola di giochi vari
References in classic literature ?
Indeed, I believe that none but greenhorns and excessively Russian people feel an attraction towards the French; for, to any man of sensibility, such a compendium of outworn forms--a compendium which is built up of drawing-room manners, expansiveness, and gaiety--becomes at once over-noticeable and unbearable.
There is no one, not even the hermetics, who does not find in the symbols of the grand portal a satisfactory compendium of their science, of which the Church of Saint-Jacques de la Boucherie was so complete a hieroglyph.
Aglaya's husband was to be a compendium of all the virtues, and of all success, not to speak of fabulous wealth.
In verses 28, 29, and 30 of the second portion of this discourse we meet with a doctrine which, at first sight, seems to be merely "le manoir a l'envers," indeed one English critic has actually said of Nietzsche, that "Thus Spake Zarathustra" is no more than a compendium of modern views and maxims turned upside down.
She now seemed inclined to take a purely critical view of Madame de Cintre, and wished to have it understood that she did not in the least answer for her being a compendium of all the virtues.