syn·​op·​sis | \sə-ˈnäp-səs \
plural synopses\sə-​ˈnäp-​ˌsēz \

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

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Examples of synopsis in a Sentence

I don't need to know every little plot twist; just give me a synopsis of the movie.

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According to a synopsis on TVGuide, Joe teams up with Mike’s buddy Chuck (Jonathan Adams) to file a complaint against their boss. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jay Leno's Controversial 'Last Man Standing' Character Is Coming Back," 7 Dec. 2018 Submissions require a brief synopsis, which must include the park name and goal of the project. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron wants parks to be catalysts for neighborhood development," 9 Apr. 2018 And the synopsis points to something drastic happening. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "The First Look at ABC’s ‘The Conners’ Teases Some Dark News for the Family," 12 Sep. 2018 The above synopsis is just a small taste of the true insanity that unfolds during the premiere. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Riverdale's Cult Plot Is the Only Thing I Care About Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 The short synopsis is this: in 2004, George W. Bush wanted to send humans back to the Moon and on to Mars. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 But after the Cavs fell 98-80 to the Pacers in the opener of this Eastern Conference first round series, their synopsis was unanimous. Joe Vardon,, "Cavaliers admit they weren't ready for Game 1 as LeBron James waves off early deficit: Inside Cavs-Pacers series," 15 Apr. 2018 Our Dolphins' game-by-game synopsis: ▪ Game 1 vs. Tennessee Sept. 9 — Titans made playoffs at 9-7 last year but Dolphins beat them here (16-10) and get home-opener boost. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Dolphins' 2018 schedule isn't daunting. It's chance for Tannenbaum, Gase to save their jobs | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 As the movie's synopsis reads: What happens when the undead return to life? Matt Miller, Esquire, "Ellen Page's Zombie Outbreak Movie Will Give You Extreme Anxiety," 24 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of synopsis

: a short description of the most important information about something : a summary or outline

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