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Definitions of compendium

  1. a publication containing a variety of works Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A brief compilation or composition, containing the principal heads, or general principles, of a larger work or system; an abridgment; an epitome; a compend; a condensed summary. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. An abridgment; a summary; as, a compendium of science. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A brief comprehensive summary; an abridgment. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. See Compend. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. An abridgment; a summary; a book containing the substance of a larger work. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for compendium

  1. The elderly Frenchwoman whom Joan employed as a compendium of all the domestic virtues was scandalized by the pestering she had already undergone at the hands of the hotel employees. – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
  2. The poems are published in a compendium of the time, without indicating the successful ones; and that of Cervantes contained these lines, which would seem hazardous in this colder age, but which then were greatly admired:- " Breaking all bolts and bars, Comes the Divine One, sailing from the stars, Full in thy sight to dwell: And those who seek him, shortening the road, Come to thy blest abode, And find him in thy heart or in thy cell." – Castilian Days by John Hay
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