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

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According to episode synopses available on TV Guide, the first episode of season 4 will follow the Short family's vacation in the Yucatan, then the second episode dives deeper into Matt and Colleen's adoption journey and Greg and Jen's pregnancy. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About 'Life in Pieces' Season 4," 5 Apr. 2019 From then on, everything that happens is so self-evident that further synopsis is superfluous. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Choir Boy’ Review: A Familiar Sermon," 17 Jan. 2019 In the upcoming season 7 episode airing on November 9, Ed and Mike's mother-in-law apparently hit it off, according to a synopsis from Fox. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Has a New Guest Star and You'll Definitely Recognize Her," 5 Nov. 2018 According to a Google Books synopsis, Judge argues in the book that the problem with Catholic schools is that there’s not enough religion and too much secularism. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Who Is Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh's High School Drinking Buddy?," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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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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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