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compendium Line breaks: com|pen¦dium
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpɛndɪəm/

Definition of compendium in English:

noun (plural compendiums or compendia kəmˈpɛndɪə)

1A collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject, especially in a book or other publication: an invaluable compendium of useful information about language
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  • The Skeptic's Dictionary is a compendium of detailed information about oft-repeated hoaxes, legends and quackery.
  • This book is a compendium of information on plants that are, or could be, useful to humans.
  • Overall, I found the book to be an impressive compendium of useful information and resources.
collection, compilation, anthology, treasury, digest;
companion, handbook, manual;
Latin vade mecum
1.1A collection or set of similar items: a compendium of tools
1.2A package of stationery for writing letters.


Late 16th century: from Latin, 'profit, saving' (literally 'what is weighed together'), from compendere, from com- 'together' + pendere 'weigh'.

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