What is ABRIDGEMENT? What does ABRIDGEMENT mean? ABRIDGEMENT meaning, definition & explanation

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    What is ABRIDGEMENT? What does ABRIDGEMENT mean? ABRIDGEMENT meaning - ABRIDGEMENT pronunciation - ABRIDGEMENT definition - ABRIDGEMENT explanation - How to pronounce ABRIDGEMENT?

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    An abridgement (or abridgment) is a condensing or reduction of a book or other creative work into a shorter form while maintaining the unity of the source. The abridgement can be true to the original work in terms of mood and tone, capturing the parts the abridging author perceives to be most important; it could be a complete parody of the original; or it could fall anywhere in-between, either generally capturing the tone and message of the original author but falling short in some manner, or subtly twisting their words and message to favor a different interpretation or agenda. Compare/contrast with epitome.

    A written work may be abridged to make it more accessible to a wider audience; for example, to make an adaptation of it as an audio book or a television show, to make a more convenient companion to an already established work, or to create a shorter reference version.