synopsis

noun
syn·​op·​sis | \ sə-ˈnäp-səs How to pronounce synopsis (audio) \
plural synopses\ sə-​ˈnäp-​ˌsēz How to pronounce synopsis (audio) \

Definition of synopsis

1 : a condensed statement or outline (as of a narrative or treatise) : abstract
2 : the abbreviated conjugation of a verb in one person only

Examples of synopsis in a Sentence

I don't need to know every little plot twist; just give me a synopsis of the movie.
Recent Examples on the Web Highlight major wins with a homepage callout, including the logo of marquee publications, and post direct links or links within a synopsis of the story to help boost SEO. Heather Kelly, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The program includes a note about the minimalist approach, a plot synopsis and an infographic explaining the various groupings of the characters. Christian Lewis, Variety, 29 Apr. 2022 If the wink-wink wordplay in the official plot synopsis doesn’t give it away, Kahn’s script and Cave’s visual approach drop plenty of hints long before Steve comes out with it. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 The first track gives you the synopsis of the movie. Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2022 If the wink-wink wordplay in the official plot synopsis doesn’t give it away, Kahn’s script and Cave’s visual approach drop plenty of hints long before Steve comes out with it. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 The plot is scarcely more than its synopsis, as if to prevent the metaphysical questions from being brushed away again. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Here’s the Netflix synopsis for this Swedish action thriller, which is set in a post-apocalyptic world. Andy Meek, BGR, 18 Mar. 2022 The episode synopsis, as usual, doesn’t give too much away. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of synopsis

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synopsis

Late Latin, from Greek, literally, comprehensive view, from synopsesthai to be going to see together, from syn- + opsesthai to be going to see — more at optic

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The first known use of synopsis was in 1603

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10 May 2022

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“Synopsis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synopsis. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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