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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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for synopses
  • It occurred to me that other sci-fi and fantasy movies also require terse synopses for the channel-surfing community.
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for synopses
1611, from L.L. synopsis "a synopsis," from Gk. synopsis "general view," from a stem of synoran "to see altogether, all at once," from syn- "together" + horan "to see, view." Synoptic (1763) is applied to the first three Gospels (1841) on notion of "giving an account of events from the same point of view."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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