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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-brij-muh nt]
    • /əˈbrɪdʒ mənt/
    • /əˈbrɪʤmənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-brij-muh nt]
    • /əˈbrɪdʒ mənt/

Definitions of abridgement word

  • noun abridgement a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy's War and Peace. 1
  • noun abridgement the act or process of abridging. 1
  • noun abridgement the state of being abridged. 1
  • noun abridgement reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights. 1
  • noun abridgement (chiefly, UK) alternate form of abridgment. 1
  • noun abridgement (chiefly Britain) Alternative form of abridgment. 0

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Origin of abridgement

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English abreg(g)ement, abrygement < Middle French abregement. See abridge, -ment

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Parts of speech for Abridgement


abridgement popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

abridgement usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abridgement

noun abridgement

  • abbreviation — An abbreviation is a short form of a word or phrase, made by leaving out some of the letters or by using only the first letter of each word.
  • compendium — A compendium is a short but detailed collection of information, usually in a book.
  • condensation — Condensation consists of small drops of water which form when warm water vapour or steam touches a cold surface such as a window.
  • outline — the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.
  • abstract — An abstract idea or way of thinking is based on general ideas rather than on real things and events.

Antonyms for abridgement

noun abridgement

  • increase — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.
  • padding — a dull, muffled sound, as of footsteps on the ground.
  • development — Development is the gradual growth or formation of something.
  • growth — the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.
  • addition — An addition to something is a thing which is added to it.

Top questions with abridgement

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