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  • Abridgement — or abridgment is a term defined as shortening or condensing and is most commonly used in reference to the act of reducing a written work, typically a book, into a shorter form.A written work is mostly abridged for adaptation into an audio book,… …   Wikipedia

  • abridgement — n. 1. a shortened version . Syn: condensation, abridgment [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abridgement — (n.) late 15c., from O.Fr. abregement shortening, abbreviation, from abregier (see ABRIDGE (Cf. abridge)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • abridgement — is the better spelling, rather than abridgment …   Modern English usage

  • abridgement — [n] shortening, summary abbreviation, abstract, brief, compendium, condensation, conspectus, contraction, curtailment, cutting, decrease, digest, diminishment, diminution, lessening, outline, precis, reducing, reduction, synopsis; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • abridgement — noun a) An act of abridging. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations b) A shortened version. See Also: abridge …   Wiktionary

  • abridgement — abridge ► VERB ▪ shorten (a text or film). DERIVATIVES abridgement (also abridgment) noun abridger noun. ORIGIN Old French abregier, from Latin abbreviare abbreviate …   English terms dictionary

  • abridgement — noun see abridgment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abridgement — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. condensation, reduction, summary, digest, abstract, brief, synopsis, outline. ANT.: enlargement, expansion …   English dictionary for students

  • abridgement — a bridge·ment || mÉ™nt n. act of making shorter, summarizing; shortened form of something; reduction …   English contemporary dictionary

  • abridgement — abridge·ment …   English syllables

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