- The definition of abridgment is the act of shortening something in length, especially a book, or is the shortened form of something.
1. An example of an abridgment is a person who takes a long book and who makes it shorter so it can be recorded on audio tape.2. The shortened version of a book is an example of an abridgment.
- an abridging or being abridged
- a curtailment, as of rights
- an abridged form, as of a book
Origin of abridgmentMiddle English abregement ; from Old French ; from abregier: see abridge
- The act of abridging or the state of being abridged.
- An abridged written text.
- (US) The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation; as, an abridgment of pleasures or of expenses. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (US) An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form; an abbreviation. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (dated, law) Any of various brief statments of case law made before modern reporting of legal cases.
- In current usage this spelling is about as common as abridgement in the US, but much less common in the UK.
- Notes on near-synonyms:
- 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.
First attested in 1494. From Middle English abrygement, from Middle French abrégement. Equivalent to abridge + -ment.