noun, plural synopses [si-nop-seez] .
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
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synopsis (sɪˈnɒpsɪs)
n , pl -ses
a condensation or brief review of a subject; summary
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek sunopsis, from syn- + opsis view]

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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
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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.
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