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The new law might abridge our freedom of speech.
  reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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Many consider abridgment to be the preferred spelling of the noun, but abridgementis also commonly used.
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  • The new law might abridge our freedom of speech.
  • I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
    James Madison
  • Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry IV, Part 2
  • Options for My Hypothetical Future Recovery Scenario (Abridged)
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin

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  • And, for he would his longe tale abridge,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Hall opened his file. AUTOCLOCK TRANSCRIPT PROJECT: SCOOP VII LAUNCHDATE: ABRIDGED VERSION.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • ...the great canal, by which the old roundabout route from England to India by the Cape of Good Hope was abridged by at least a half.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The reading sessions included Wednesday now as well, and they’d finished the water-abridged version of The Whistler and were on to The Dream Carrier.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • So are we Caesar’s friends, that have abridged his time of fearing death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • I took upon me, one Saturday noon (he was always worse on Saturdays), to hint to him, very kindly, that perhaps now that he was growing old, it might be well to abridge his labors;
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street

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  • The first row of the pious chanson will show you more; for look where my abridgment comes.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • thy staying will abridge thy life.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Then death rock me asleep, abridge my doleful days!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Options for My Hypothetical Future Recovery Scenario (Abridged)
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Somewhere deep in the Heart of Stone, I relaxed, glad that the master’s irritation was based on Hemme’s angrily abridged version of the truth.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • All abridging remarks and other comments will be in this fancy italic type so you’ll know.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The original novel is over four hundred pages long—no groaning, please, you are not cattle being led to slaughter—but you will be reading an abridgment.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • So she’s learned to tell an abridged version.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Her father is telling an abridged story of their flight, train stations, fearful crowds, omitting the stop in Evreux, but soon all of Marie-Laure’s attention is absorbed by the smells blooming around her: egg, spinach, melting cheese.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But for the most part this is a long, solemn and tedious Pacific voyage best suited, I would think, to some kind of drastic abridgement in a journal like the National Geographic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • THESEUS Say, what abridgment have you for this evening?
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Ah! in that case I must abridge.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I abridge, I stop, I have too much the advantage; moreover, I am dying.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In the British Greenland Fishery, under the corrupted title of Specksioneer, this old Dutch official is still retained, but his former dignity is sadly abridged.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He had been learning about journalism at school, from a textbook, and it seemed to him that his father had abridged some basic journalistic principle.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • He was now adding a new clause to its pages: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade ." The rectangle of light in the midst of a forest was the window of the cabin of Francisco d’Anconia.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But M. de Treville promised this favor after a novitiate of two years—a novitiate which might besides be abridged if an opportunity should present itself for d’Artagnan to render the king any signal service, or to distinguish himself by some brilliant action.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "As you can see," Trish said, scrolling through the heavily abridged page, "the document contains all of your key phrases."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I abridge nothing I have ever bestowed upon her.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Tess wished to abridge her visit as much as possible; but the young man was pressing, and she consented to accompany him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • She was perfectly pleasant and sensible over Lucy’s adventure, found the abridged account of it quite adequate, and paid suitable tribute to the courtesy of Mr. George Emerson.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • From the sworn testimony of Thomas K. Quillan, taken before The State Investigatory Board of Maine in connection with the events of May 27-28 in Chamberlain, Maine (abridged version which follows is from Black Prom: The White Commission Report, Signet Books: New York, 1980): Q. Mr. Quillan.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • It contains the confessions of Grace Marks and James McDermott, as well as an abridged version of the trial.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • In a word, I gave him an abridgment of this whole history; I gave him a picture of my conduct for fifty years in miniature.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • The law was intended to reduce overgrazing by cattle, but its impact would be to further abridge land for Africans.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • But the Right of Nature, that is, the naturall Liberty of man, may by the Civill Law be abridged, and restrained: nay, the end of making Lawes, is no other, but such Restraint; without the which there cannot possibly be any Peace.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • To this determination she was the more easily reconciled, by recollecting that Edward Ferrars, by Lucy’s account, was not to be in town before February; and that their visit, without any unreasonable abridgement, might be previously finished.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • She didn’t abridge much in stories like the one about Isaac sporting with Rebecca in Abimelech’s gardens, or the rape of Dinah by Shechem.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • A murmur of approval arose from all and some were for ejecting the low soaker without more ado, a design which would have been effected nor would he have received more than his bare deserts had he not abridged his transgression by affirming with a horrid imprecation (for he swore a round hand) that he was as good a son of the true fold as ever drew breath.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Abigail asked, interrupting her abridged version of the past summer’s history.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Baby Kochamma, who had been put in charge of their formal education, had read them an abridged version of The Tempest by Charles and Mary Lamb.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Four months after publication The Dying Earth had sold two and a half billion hardfax copies, an abridged and digitalized version was available on the See Thing datasphere, and it had been optioned for the holies.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "—"I command you to tell me immediately," says Thwackum: "and I would not have you imagine, young man, that your age, though it hath somewhat abridged the purpose of tuition, hath totally taken away the authority of the master.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Yet Horace Walpole wrote a goblin tale which has thrilled through many a bosom; and George Ellis could transfer all the playful fascination of a humour, as delightful as it was uncommon, into his Abridgement of the Ancient Metrical Romances.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • So I told them the truth, albeit somewhat abridged.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • "Or he’ll be stuck publishing an abridged edition."
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Be not then so sparing of your purses, honourable gentlemen, as to abridge the natural course of life— PER: You see his end.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Being persons, then, women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any law, or to enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities.
    Susan B. Anthony  --  On Women’s Right to Vote
  • Here Mr. Vain der School favored the jury with an abridgment of the testimony, recounted in such a manner as utterly to confuse the faculties of his worthy listeners.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • He’d brought with him an abridged version of a report by a Dutch clergyman who had somehow managed to talk his way into a guest workers’ hostel just across the German border.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
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