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synopsis Line breaks: syn¦op|sis
Pronunciation: /sɪˈnɒpsɪs/

Definition of synopsis in English:

noun (plural synopses sɪˈnɒpsiːz)

1A brief summary or general survey of something: a synopsis of the insurance cover provided is set out below
More example sentences
  • If you scroll to the airport, it gives you just a brief synopsis of delays, the departures and weather conditions.
  • Mr Gilder has sent a letter to all members, assuring them that there is no crisis at the theatre and giving a brief synopsis of the events that led up to the resignations.
  • John gave a general synopsis and managed the slides and Jo gave a more detailed explanation.
1.1An outline of the plot of a play, film, or book.
Example sentences
  • I originally intended to attempt to give a plot synopsis of this film, but it's so confusing I might just not bother.
  • You are seized by the desire to read a book without someone snatching it from you and demanding a synopsis of the plot.
  • Even though the plot synopsis may set off warning sirens, however, the film is refreshing, never cloying.


(also synopsise) verb
Example sentences
  • In order to save you watching all ten of these exciting shows, we have reviewed, and synopsized each one!
  • Could New York's history and culture possibly be synopsized in just two volumes?
  • It's like trying to synopsize a fireworks display.


Early 17th century: via late Latin from Greek, from sun- 'together' + opsis 'seeing'.

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