Definition of abridgment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbrijmənt/
(also abridgement)


1A shortened version of a larger work: an abridgment of Shakespeare’s Henry VI
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  • The irony is that a weakened department, based in Edinburgh, will lose its core programme on the national station: it will go on making drama and book abridgements for the network, but not for Radio Scotland.
  • 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.
  • Possokhov uses excerpts from fellow Ukrainian Yuri Krasavin's film scores and abridgments of familiar Beethoven works.
2 Law A curtailment of rights: the abridgment of the rights of ownership
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  • 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.
  • I'm not advocating any abridgement of free speech here; just pointing out that such speech has consequences.
  • For them the most important abridgments of civil rights involved private acts of discrimination - by employers who refused to hire blacks or restaurant owners who refused to serve them at lunch counters.


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

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Syllabification: a·bridg·ment

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