An abridgement (or abridgment) is a condensing or reduction of a book or other creative work into a shorter form while maintaining the unity of the source. The abridgement can be true to the original work in terms of mood and tone, capturing the parts the abridging author perceives to be most important; it could be a complete parody of the origina...
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abridgment, abridgement 1. The act or process of abridging or shortening; a shortening of time or labor; a curtailment of privileges. 2. A compendium of a larger work, with the details abridged, and less important things omitted, but retaining the sense and substance; an epitome, or abstract. 3. Abridgment, or abridgement, appeared c. 1494, borrow...
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