Noun Abridgement Definition and Examples







The action of abridging a text.
  1. 'I tend not to be a fan of abridged work, unless the abridgment was done by the author.'
  2. 'Other times they shorten what has to be read through abridgement and synthesis.'
  3. 'Not even Balzac was too great for abridgement, carped the critics.'
  4. 'It is true that Herbert Butterfield remarked that the trick of writing history lay in ‘the art of abridgement’, but abridgement must be both sensible and defensible.'
  5. 'an abridgement of Shakespeare's Henry VI'
  6. 'There have been other abridgments compiled by scholars, and none less popular and effective than Bernard DeVoto's best-selling version that first appeared in 1953.'
  7. '‘Sherburn's abridgment should no longer continue to masquerade as Clarissa in the canon of English literature,’ railed these critics in 1988, bolstered by the recent publication of the Penguin paperback.'
  8. 'In 1853, she published an abridgement and translation of Comte's Cours, which made it accessible to a widespread audience for the first time.'
  9. 'Possokhov uses excerpts from fellow Ukrainian Yuri Krasavin's film scores and abridgments of familiar Beethoven works.'
  10. 'Michael produced an abridgement of Manning Clark's A History of Australia, published by Melbourne University Press and Penguin.'
  11. 'Various abridgements were made of it in the early middle ages, the most widely disseminated of which was the so-called Breviary of Alaric or Lex Romana Visigothorum.'
  12. 'The first Collegiate was compiled to be used by college students, taking its place in a series of abridgements intended to serve students from primary to university level.'
  13. 'In this eight-disc set, an abridgement of the book of the same name and the first of three volumes, Simon Schama retells the creation of modern Britain.'
  14. 'The cuts have been carefully made and produce little sense of disruption, although it might be good for Longman (in the interests of truth in advertising) to make the inclusion of abridgments more apparent in future volumes of this series.'
  15. '‘The supply of abridgments created its own demand,’ Price explains, and she argues that Mrs. Humphrey Ward's nineteenth-century abridgment of Clarissa ‘claimed to respond to modern readers' need for an abridgment like hers.’'
Curtailment of rights.
  1. 'Various polls show that up to 80 percent of Americans expect and accept some abridgments of individual freedom to combat the threat of terrorism.'
  2. 'Domestically, September 11 has sparked debate about the permissible extent of civil rights abridgements in times of national peril.'
  3. 'In the second sense, ‘discrimination’ means the wrongful denial or abridgement of the civil rights of some persons in a context where others enjoy their full set of rights.'


1. a shortened or condensed form of a book, speech, etc., that still retains the basic contents: an abridgment of Tolstoy's War and Peace.

2. the act or process of abridging.

3. the state of being abridged.

4. reduction or curtailment: abridgment of civil rights.


"books can be abridged."
"abridgements can be for places."
"transactions can be abridged."
"traditions can be abridged."
"laws can be abridged."
"evidences can be abridged."
"abridgements can be in lifetimes."
"abridgements can be from articles."
"abridgements can be for patents."
"abridgements can serve for years."
"abridgements can appear in volumes."



Late Middle English: from Old French abregement, from the verb abreg(i)er (see abridge).

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