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 for Abridgment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abridgment \A*bridg"ment\ (-br[i^]j"ment), n. [OE. abregement.
     See Abridge.]
     1. The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged;
        diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation; as, an
        abridgment of pleasures or of expenses.
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     2. An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or
        abridged form, esp. of a written work; an abbreviation.
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              Ancient coins as abridgments of history. --Addison.
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     3. That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment
        that makes the time pass quickly. [Obs.]
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              What abridgment have you for this evening? What
              mask? What music?                     --Shak.
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     4. a diminution or curtailment, as of legal rights.
     Syn: Abridgment, Compendium, Epitome, Abstract,
     Usage: An abridgment is made by omitting the less important
            parts of some larger work; as, an abridgment of a
            dictionary. A compendium is a brief exhibition of a
            subject, or science, for common use; as, a compendium
            of American literature. An epitome corresponds to a
            compendium, and gives briefly the most material points
            of a subject; as, an epitome of history. An abstract
            is a brief statement of a thing in its main points. A
            synopsis is a bird's-eye view of a subject, or work,
            in its several parts.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a shortened version of a written work [syn: condensation,
           abridgement, abridgment, capsule]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  86 Moby Thesaurus words for "abridgment":
     abatement, abbreviation, abstract, alleviation, aphorism, apocope,
     attenuation, bereavement, blue-penciling, bowdlerization, breviary,
     brief, cancellation, capsule, censoring, censorship, compendium,
     compression, condensation, conspectus, contraction, curtailment,
     dampening, damping, decrease, decrement, decrescence, deduction,
     deflation, deletion, depreciation, depression, deprivation,
     deprivement, digest, diminishment, diminution, disburdening,
     disburdenment, disentitlement, divestment, dying, dying off,
     editing, elision, ellipsis, epigram, epitome, erasure, expurgation,
     extenuation, fade-out, foreshortening, languishment, lessening,
     letup, lowering, miniaturization, mitigation, omission, outline,
     precis, privation, recap, recapitulation, reduction, relaxation,
     relieving, retrenchment, sagging, scaling down, shortening,
     simplicity, sketch, striking, subtraction, sum, summary, summation,
     summing-up, syllabus, syncope, synopsis, telescoping, truncation,

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