Abridged



to shorten by omissions while retaining the basic contents:
to abridge a reference book.
to reduce or lessen in duration, scope, authority, etc.; diminish; curtail:
to abridge a visit; to abridge one’s freedom.
to deprive; cut off.
Contemporary Examples

Undaunted, Jason translated that himself too — which he then abridged.
The Voice of Proust David Frum December 2, 2012

After that, Hawking became closer with Jane and their two children, and then the abridged memoir was released.
The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims Marlow Stern November 5, 2014

You were doing what you could in a strange, intense, abridged amount of time.
Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline Tim Teeman November 19, 2014

abridged extract from My Paper Chase by Harold Evans published this week by Little, Brown.
The Charmed Life of a Traitor Harold Evans November 5, 2009

Historical Examples

Are the dearest rights of the American citizen to be abridged in this summary manner?
Peck’s Sunshine George W. Peck

“Short roads” and “abridged methods” are characteristic of the century.
How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden

The English translation of the Historia (London, 1826) is abridged.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 7 Various

This is an abridged statement verified by the church itself.
The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922 Various

Marriage had not abridged his immeasurable remoteness, nor touched his incorruptible refinement.
The Creators May Sinclair

There was no watch kept, and the captives had no indication that they were abridged of their freedom.
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott

verb (transitive)
to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
to curtail; diminish
(archaic) to deprive of (privileges, rights, etc)
v.

c.1300, abreggen, “to make shorter, to condense,” from Old French abregier “abridge, diminish, shorten,” from Late Latin abbreviare “make short” (see abbreviate). The sound development from Latin -vi- to French -dg- is paralleled in assuage (from assuavidare) and deluge (from diluvium). Related: Abridged; abridging.

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