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An epitome or compendium of another and larger work, wherein the principal ideas of the larger work are summarily contained. When fairly made, it may justly be deemed, within the meaning of the law, a new work, the publication of which will not infringe the copyright of the work abridged.


 - The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation; as, an abridgment of pleasures or of expenses. An epitome or compendium, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form; an abbreviation. That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly. 


Syn. - Abridgment, Compendium, Epitome, Abstract, Synopsis. 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, ...

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