abridg·​ment | \ ə-ˈbrij-mənt How to pronounce abridgment (audio) \
variants: or abridgement

Definition of abridgment

1 : the action of abridging something : the state of being abridged abridgment of rights a book shortened by careful abridgment
2 : a shortened form of a work retaining the general sense and unity of the original reading an abridgment of the original book

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Examples of abridgment in a Sentence

this Italian-English pocket dictionary is an abridgment of the hardback edition

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In 40 years, researchers have failed to build abridgments of QCD that fit the data much better than the naive quark model. Quanta Magazine, "Quark Quartet Fuels Quantum Feud," 27 Aug. 2014 Lawyers for Eric Loomis stood before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in April 2016, and argued that their client had experienced a uniquely 21st-century abridgment of his rights: Mr. Loomis had been discriminated against by a computer algorithm. ... Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Our Software Is Biased Like We Are. Can New Laws Change That?," 23 Mar. 2019 The abridgment resulted in the loss of fully half the oratorio. Special To The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra pulls off a save after illness strikes singers in Haydn's 'The Seasons' (review)," 19 Jan. 2018 Today, that abridgment is just as loud the brass bands, drumlines, and multitudes of majorettes marching down Martin Luther King and Malcolm X boulevards on Juneteenth. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "The Quintessential Americanness of Juneteenth," 19 June 2017 Peter Eotvos’s 2004 opera is an abridgment of the play by Tony Kushner, and makes its local debut with the New York City Opera, which is doing a decent job of presenting interesting, contemporary work. David Allen, New York Times, "Classical Music in NYC This Week," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of abridgment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abridgment

Middle English abbreggement, borrowed from Anglo-French abregement, from abreger "to abridge" + -ment -ment

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variants: or abridgement \ ə-​ˈbrij-​mənt \

Kids Definition of abridgment

: a shortened form of a written work

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