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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web LaBeouf played a supporting role in the film Pieces of a Woman, slated to premiere on Netflix in January, but his name no longer appears anywhere in the movie’s official synopsis or award consideration list. Lydia Wang,, "Shia LaBeouf Has Been Pulled From Netflix Award Consideration Following Allegations," 22 Dec. 2020 The responding officers notified their superiors and the FBI, the synopsis says, but a background check on Quinn didn’t turn up any information. Washington Post, "National Digest: Nashville woman warned police of potential bombmaking in 2019," 31 Dec. 2020 And that’s just a brief synopsis of what went down in 2020. Joshua Khan, Wired, "The Best Indie Games You May Have Missed This Year," 23 Dec. 2020 Per the official synopsis: Truth Seekers is a supernatural comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Creeptastic Truth Seekers takes its horror seriously—but not too seriously," 13 Nov. 2020 Soderbergh got celebrated short-story writer Deborah Eisenberg to birth a detailed synopsis — her first work for film — but then had the cast improvise the dialogue. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen have a high time on the high seas," 9 Dec. 2020 The synopsis of episode six is that the Bayside High students have had their phones taken away, and therefore do not have an immediate source to confirm the validity of their discussions concerning pop culture. Natalie Oganesyan,, "Peacock network apologizes for ‘Saved by the Bell’ jokes about Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant," 29 Nov. 2020 To give you some context on each book, we’re including its Goodreads average rating and the National Book Foundation synopsis of the material. Sydney Williams, NBC News, "2020 National Book Awards finalists mark multiple firsts," 30 Oct. 2020 Per the official synopsis: Author and medical historian Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris will use science, tests, and demonstrations to shed new light on famous deaths, ranging from drug lord Pablo Escobar to magician Harry Houdini. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Famous strange demises get a second look in The Curious Life and Death of…," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Jan 2021

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“Synopsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of synopsis

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

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