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

Definitions of abridgment word

  • noun abridgment a shortened version of a written work 3
  • noun abridgment the act of abridging or state of being abridged 3
  • noun abridgment an abridging or being abridged 3
  • noun abridgment a curtailment, as of rights 3
  • noun abridgment an abridged form, as of a book 3
  • noun abridgment 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

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Origin of abridgment

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 Abridgment


abridgment 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.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abridgment usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abridgment

noun abridgment

  • compendium — A compendium is a short but detailed collection of information, usually in a book.
  • sketch — a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, especially a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details.
  • outline — the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.
  • reduction — the act of reducing or the state of being reduced.
  • summary — a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements.

Antonyms for abridgment

noun abridgment

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

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