Adjective "abridged" definition and examples

(Abridged may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Shorten (a book, film, speech, etc.) without losing the sense.
  1. 'Edward E. Ericson, Jr., is a professor of English at Calvin College, and a Solzhenitsyn scholar who abridged The Gulag Archipelago in cooperation with the author.'
  2. 'It's definitely not abridged in any way, shape or form.'
  3. 'To make things worse, commercially available audio books are usually abridged and twice as expensive as the print version.'
  4. 'A one-volume abridged edition, the basis of this publication, was published in hardback in 1992.'
  5. 'They are edited, abridged, and slightly simplified and represent a fraction of their original length.'
  6. 'What follows is an edited and slightly abridged version of an interview conducted in London in October 2003.'
  7. 'Because some of these emails are so long I have abridged several but provided a link to the full email.'
  8. 'Wonderfully constructed narratives, such as the patriarchal stories of Genesis, are reduced and abridged as to make many of them incomprehensible.'
  9. 'Unlike the Pappenheim version, the 1913 printing had a fine introduction, notes and index, albeit abridged and reworked under the editorship of Alfred Feilchenfeld.'
  10. 'Dharma has plans for a 300-page abridged version of the book.'
Curtail (a right or privilege)
  1. 'So I think we have an obligation to make sure that her rights are not in any way abridged.'
  2. 'I have the right to free speech, for example, and you can ask me to apologize for anything I say that offends you, and that request would have no bearing on whether my freedom of speech was being abridged.'
  3. 'No state could abridge those privileges or immunities, or deny any person due process or the equal protection of the law.'

More definitions

1. to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents: to abridge a reference book.

2. to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail: to abridge a visit; to abridge one's freedom.

3. to deprive; cut off.

More examples(as adjective)

"versions can be abridged."

"editions can be abridged."

"forms can be abridged."

"talks can be abridged."

"results can be abridged."

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(abridge)Middle English (in the sense ‘deprive of’): from Old French abregier, from late Latin abbreviare ‘cut short’ (see abbreviate).