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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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 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

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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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