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
Recent Examples on the Web But Oakeshott’s most vehement critique of rationalism was its abridgment of the poetic aspect of the human condition. Nate Hochman, National Review, 18 Dec. 2020 On the other hand, his decision to allow the country’s security services to electronically monitor the movements of those who have been ordered into quarantine does raise real concerns about the abridgment of civil liberties. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, 20 Mar. 2020 The conductor Lothar Koenigs, working with an abridgment of the score that loses the overture and entire numbers, drew elegance and breadth from the Met orchestra and chorus. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2019 Businesses are routinely targeted with six- or seven-figure lawsuits over what are often clerical or good-faith abridgments of the state’s 1,100-page labor code. Tom Manzo, The Mercury News, 13 Aug. 2019 In 40 years, researchers have failed to build abridgments of QCD that fit the data much better than the naive quark model. Quanta Magazine, 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, 23 Mar. 2019 The abridgment resulted in the loss of fully half the oratorio. Special To The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com, 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, 19 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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“Abridgment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abridgment. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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

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: a shortened form of a written work

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