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[si-nop-sis] /sɪˈnɒp sɪs/
noun, plural synopses
[si-nop-seez] /sɪˈnɒp siz/ (Show IPA)
a brief or condensed statement giving a general view of some subject.
a compendium of heads or short paragraphs giving a view of the whole.
a brief summary of the plot of a novel, motion picture, play, etc.
Origin of synopsis
1605-15; < Late Latin < Greek sýnopsis, equivalent to syn- syn- + op- (suppletive stem of horân to see; cf. autopsy) + -sis -sis
condensation, epitome, abstract, abridgment, précis. See summary. Unabridged
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  • All of these claims may be readily verified by perusing the many synopses of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
  • synopses of next year's problems are already posted.
British Dictionary definitions for synopses


noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
a condensation or brief review of a subject; summary
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek sunopsis, from syn- + opsis view
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Word Origin and History for synopses



1610s, from Late Latin synopsis "a synopsis," from Greek synopsis "general view," from a stem of synoran "to see altogether, all at once," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + horan "to see, view" (see warrant).

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