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Examples of compendious in a Sentence
her compendious knowledge of the monarch butterfly
a compendious summary of the referendum before the voters
Recent Examples of compendious from the Web
Each event centered on performances of a supreme, compendious Bach masterpiece.
Nonetheless, astronomers and astrophysicists came together to write a single compendious paper about the event.
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In current use, compendious is most often applied to things that are full in scope and concise in treatment. But the word also shares a sense of "brief in statement or expression" with synonyms concise, terse, succinct, pithy, laconic, and summary. Concise simply suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative ("a concise description"). Terse implies pointed conciseness ("a terse reply"). Succinct implies the greatest possible compression ("a succinct letter of resignation"). Pithy adds the implication of richness of meaning or substance ("pithy one-liners"). Laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude or indifferent ("a laconic stranger"). Summary suggests the stating of main points with no elaboration ("a summary listing of the year’s main events").
First Known Use of compendious
Synonymsall-embracing, all-in [chiefly British], all-inclusive, broad-gauge (or broad-gauged), encyclopedic, complete, comprehensive, cover-all, cyclopedic, embracive, exhaustive, full, global, inclusive, in-depth, omnibus, panoramic, thorough, universal
Antonymscircuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy
Related Wordsbroad, catholic, encyclical, general, inclusionary, overall; cosmic (also cosmical), extensive, far, far-reaching, grand, large, panoptic, sweeping, vast, wide, wide-ranging; blanket, indiscriminate, unrestricted
Near Antonymscircumscribed, limited, narrow, restricted, specialized; exact, precise; individual, singular, specific; incomplete, patchy, sketchy
Synonym Discussion of compendious
- a concise description
- a terse reply
- a succinct letter of resignation
- an aloof and laconic stranger
- a summary listing of the year's main events
- a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners
- a compendious dictionary
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