compendium

noun
com·​pen·​di·​um | \kəm-ˈpen-dē-əm \
plural compendiums or compendia\kəm-​ˈpen-​dē-​ə \

Definition of compendium 

1 : a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge : abstract a one-volume compendium of the multivolume original

2a : a list of a number of items

b : collection, compilation a compendium of folk tales

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Examples of compendium in a Sentence

a one-volume compendium of information He published a compendium of folk tales.

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With its strong sense of place and some seriously scary clowns, Hell House LLC is a nice compendium to last year’s huge horror hit. Dylan Scott, Vox, "13 found-footage horror movies actually worth watching this Halloween," 19 Oct. 2018 In 2004, Weimin took half of a venture in North Korea’s South Hamgyong Province to mine a metal called molybdenum, according to several reports including the CIA compendium. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Comrades in Commerce: A Chinese Hero’s Family Nurtures an Alliance With North Korea," 2 Sep. 2018 Cable pops onto the scene as the kid’s nemesis, and as a lumbering, square-jawed compendium of knowing clichés. New York Times, "Review: ‘Deadpool 2’ Has More Swearing, Slicing and Dicing from Ryan Reynolds," 14 May 2018 The compendium lists competitive soccer with an average MET of 10, but Ainsworth said that figure could vary significantly depending on player and position. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "World Cup athletes burn a lot of energy. But some sports are even more demanding," 6 July 2018 Shipley learned of the case initially while reading through a compendium of reports of decisions from the state appeals courts. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "State high court strikes down rule requiring poor to pay for own court reporter in civil courts," 6 July 2018 Blame it on my bucket list, an ever-lengthening compendium of inexplicable desires. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 For me that’s a compendium of [Spielberg’s] cinema. . Nicole Sperling, HWD, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Director J.A. Bayona Has More Than Dinosaurs on His Mind," 20 June 2018 The energy giant BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy is a compendium of facts, figures, charts, and graphs on global energy use. David Roberts, Vox, "The most depressing energy chart of the year," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of compendium

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for compendium

Medieval Latin, from Latin, saving, shortcut, from compendere to weigh together, from com- + pendere to weigh — more at pendant

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compendium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of compendium

: a collection of things (such as photographs, stories, facts, etc.) that have been gathered together and presented as a group especially in the form of a book

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