compendium


compendium
compendium, syllabus, digest, pandect, survey, sketch, précis, aperçu are comparable when they mean a treatment of a subject or of a topic in brief compass. A compendium gathers in brief, orderly, and intelligible form, sometimes outlined, the facts, principles, or details essential to a general understanding of some matter; the word typically implies compilation rather than original investigation
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A Treatise on Epidemic Cholera which contained little original matter but was published as a compendium of the existing knowledge of this disease— Steiner

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A syllabus, often presented with a series of headings, points, or propositions, gives concise statements affording a view of the whole and an indication of its significance
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no party program, no official syllabus of opinions, which we all have to defend— Inge

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A digest presents a body of information gathered from many sources and arranged and classified for ready accessibility, often alphabetized and indexed; the word also indicates a condensed easy-to-read version
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the only hope of gaining such knowledge lies in a summarization and thorough digest of the huge body of county statistics already available— Bogue

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the Current Digest of the Soviet Press, now in its fifth year of uninterrupted weekly appearance, a seventy-thousand word a week digest of forty Russian newspapers and periodicals— Mortimer Graves

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A pandect is a systematic digest covering the whole of a monumental subject
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no printed body of modern social history, either by purpose or accident, contains a richer pandect of the efficient impulses of its ageMorley

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A survey is a brief comprehensive presentation giving main outlines, often as a preliminary aid to thorough study or more detailed treatment
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the policy of the Board and its founder being to make first of all a . . . survey of the educational needs of the country— J. D. Greene

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an essay on the Renaissance, not a history of the Renaissance. It omits mention of many interesting details of that vast transformation in an effort to determine, through a broad survey of its more salient features, the fundamental nature of the movement— Sellery

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A sketch is a slight tentative preliminary presentation subject to later change, emendation, and amplification
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to give anything but the most fragmentary sketch of the winter of '94 and '95 in Berlin is impossible— Fairchild

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The American Chancery Digest[/i], including state and federal equity decisions, with an introductory sketch of equity courts and their jurisdiction— Wilkinson

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A précis is a concise clear-cut statement or restatement of main matters, often in the form of a report or a summary that suggests the style or tone of an original
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a carefully prepared critical text of Guido, with a short critical introduction, a full critical apparatus, and English précis printed concurrently— Times Lit. Sup.

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An aperçu is a sketch giving a very brief and sometimes impressionistic compression of the whole, with all details omitted
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popular books which give an aperçu of recent research, in order to have some idea of the general scientific purpose served by particular facts and laws— Russell

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Analogous words: conspectus, epitome, brief, abstract (see ABRIDG-MENT)

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  • compendium — [ kɔ̃pɛ̃djɔm ] n. m. • 1584; lat. compendium « abréviation » ♦ Didact. Abrégé. ⇒ condensé, résumé. Fig. « La médecine étant un compendium des erreurs successives et contradictoires des médecins » (Proust). ● compendium nom masculin (latin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • compendium — COMPÉNDIUM s.n. v. compendiu. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  compéndium (tehn.) s. n. (sil. di um), pl. compéndiumuri Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  COMPÉNDIUM s.n …   Dicționar Român

  • Compendium — Com*pen di*um, n.; pl. E. {Compendiums}, L. {Compendia}. [L. compendium that which is weighed, saved, or shortened, a short way, fr. compendere to weigh; com + pendere to weigh. See {Pension}, and cf. {Compend}.] A brief compilation or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • COMPENDIUM — a Romanis, aut crte a Gallis, qui ipsi Romani dicti, conditum, vel quod erat ad Axonae et Isatae conffluentem et quasi compendium positum; vel quod per compendium, urbes et castra ripae Suminae petentibus occurrebat, sic dictum: Sub Chlodovaei M …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • compendium — COMPENDIUM. s. m. (Pron. Compéndiome. ) Mot emprunté du Latin, qui signifie Abrégé. Le compendium de la Philosophie …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • compendium — 1580s, from L. compendium a shortening, saving, lit. that which is weighed together, from L. compendere to weigh together, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + pendere to weigh (see PENDANT (Cf. pendant)). Borrowed earlier as compen …   Etymology dictionary

  • Compendĭum [1] — Compendĭum (lat.), 1) Ersparung, Abkürzung; 2) (Cabalium liber), im Mittelalter ein Buch, in dem jedes einzelnen Bürgers Vermögen kurz u. im Allgemeinen angegeben war; 3) systematische Aufstellung der wichtigsten Begriffe u. Sätze einer… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Compendĭum [2] — Compendĭum (a. Geogr.), so v. w. Compiegne …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Compendium — Compendium, wörtlich Abkürzung oder Ersparung. Gewöhnlich eine Sammlung, worin die Lehrsätze und Hauptmarimen einer Wissenschaft kurz und bündig zusammengefaßt sind. Commentar ist das Entgegengesetzte, denn hier werden alle Principien ausführlich …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • Compendium — (lat. Ersparung), Handbuch oder Leitfaden, in welchem nur die wesentlichen Punkte einer Wissenschaft abgehandelt sind. Compendiarisch, eine so angelegte Behandlung einer Wissenschaft; compendiös, kurz gefaßt und in gedrängter, scharftreffender… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon


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