Definitions for compendiumkəmˈpɛn di əm; -di ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pen•di•umkəmˈpɛn di əm; -di ə(n.)(pl.)-di•ums, -di•a

  1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, esp. an extensive subject.

    Category: Literature

  2. a summary, epitome, or abridgment.

    Category: Literature

  3. a full list or inventory:

    a compendium of their complaints.

Origin of compendium:

1575–85; < L: gain, saving, abridgment <com-+pend(ere) to cause to hang down, weigh

Princeton's WordNet

  1. collection, compendium(noun)

    a publication containing a variety of works

  2. compendium(noun)

    a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work


  1. compendium(Noun)

    A short, complete summary; an abstract.

  2. compendium(Noun)

    A list or collection of various items.

  3. Origin: From the compendium, from com- + pendo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compendium(noun)

    a brief compilation or composition, containing the principal heads, or general principles, of a larger work or system; an abridgment; an epitome; a compend; a condensed summary


  1. Compendium

    A compendium is a concise, yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. A compendium may summarize a larger work. In most cases the body of knowledge will concern some delimited field of human interest or endeavour, while a "universal" encyclopedia can be referred to as a compendium of all human knowledge. It could also be referred to as a tome. The word compendium arrives from the Latin word "compenso", meaning "to weigh together or balance". The 21st century has seen the rise of democratized, online compendia in various fields.


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