What does abridgement mean?

Definitions for abridgement

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. condensation, abridgement, abridgment, capsule(noun)

    a shortened version of a written work


  1. Abridgement

    Abridgement or abridgment is a term defined as "shortening" or "condensing" and is most commonly used in reference to the act of reducing a written work, typically a book, into a shorter form while maintaining the unity of the source. The abridgement can be true to the original work in terms of mood and tone, capturing the parts the abridging author perceives to be most important; it could be a complete parody of the original; or it could fall anywhere in-between, either generally capturing the tone and message of the original author but falling short in some manner, or subtly twisting his words and message to favor a different interpretation or agenda. A written work may be abridged to make it more accessible to a wider audience; for example, to make an adaptation of it as an audio book or a television show, to make a more convenient companion to an already established work, or to create a shorter reference version.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abridgement in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abridgement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Madison:

    I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

  2. John McCain:

    I worry when they arrest people for no good reason, when they have 40,000 or so people in prison and there's clearly been an abridgement of various freedoms, such as the press and others.

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