Definition of synopsis in English:

synopsis

nounsynopses

  • 1A brief summary or general survey of something.

    ‘a synopsis of the insurance cover provided is set out below’
    • ‘If you scroll to the airport, it gives you just a brief synopsis of delays, the departures and weather conditions.’
    • ‘Mr Gilder has sent a letter to all members, assuring them that there is no crisis at the theatre and giving a brief synopsis of the events that led up to the resignations.’
    • ‘John gave a general synopsis and managed the slides and Jo gave a more detailed explanation.’
    • ‘The following are brief synopses of the artists and the work they hope to have in the Grad Show; however, the exhibit's final incarnation is still in the works, and the show will undoubtedly present us with a few surprises.’
    • ‘A brief synopsis of the lithology, age, and paleoenvironment and associated fauna are given for each unit.’
    • ‘To better inform the story, here is a brief synopsis of my Mexican food experience up to that point.’
    • ‘The book is broken into three main sections, beginning with a brief synopsis of the state's long geologic history.’
    • ‘The following is a brief synopsis of the quagmire we would be entering.’
    • ‘Specifically, it scans the log files and generates a synopsis of which accounts have been used and when.’
    • ‘The issue provides a brief synopsis of each topic with links to the information on-line.’
    • ‘A brief synopsis of each of the mix elements is given below, and returned to for a fuller discussion in the following chapters.’
    • ‘At the end of the course, students were asked to write a brief synopsis of their experience.’
    • ‘The bibliography provides a guide to more than 130 studies, giving researchers brief synopses of research methods, topic coverage, data sources and reported findings.’
    • ‘The author's text, which includes brief synopses of the specific battles, makes the paintings all the more interesting and understandable.’
    • ‘Following are brief synopses of this year's management sessions.’
    • ‘Regular reviews or synopses of issues such as population health would be helpful.’
    • ‘The trial judge next summarizes the evidence at trial, providing merely a synopsis without comment.’
    • ‘The historical synopses that the author offers are, once again, brief but sufficient.’
    • ‘Even a synopsis of the events will do, in review form if you must.’
    • ‘As a synopsis, the essay works well to give an overview of two important decades of composition research.’
    summary, precis, résumé, abstract, outline, condensation, digest, summarization, summing-up, rundown, round-up, abridgement, review, sketch, compendium
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    1. 1.1An outline of the plot of a play, film, or book.
      • ‘I originally intended to attempt to give a plot synopsis of this film, but it's so confusing I might just not bother.’
      • ‘You are seized by the desire to read a book without someone snatching it from you and demanding a synopsis of the plot.’
      • ‘Even though the plot synopsis may set off warning sirens, however, the film is refreshing, never cloying.’
      • ‘The following are titles, screening venues, show times and a synopsis of the films to be screened on Saturday.’
      • ‘Trying to provide a synopsis of this film is like recounting your week.’
      • ‘The synopsis of the film might give viewers who steer clear from anything different a reason to watch it.’
      • ‘A plot synopsis is irrelevant, and any detailed discussions of content will undoubtedly spoil it.’
      • ‘It usually takes a good number of rewrites of the plot synopsis to get all such issues straight.’
      • ‘I've spent the afternoon writing laddish synopses of films like You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Waynes World, Men in Black and Bill and Ted.’
      • ‘This synopsis makes the film sound like a depressing cautionary tale but it isn't.’
      • ‘For you who are fresh faces and were not here last year, or just didn't care enough to read The Peak, I will give you a brief synopsis.’
      • ‘Although we will not reveal much about the movie, here's a brief synopsis.’
      • ‘The brief synopsis above does not do justice to the intricacy of the tale.’
      • ‘The insert is a complete episode guide with a brief synopsis of each episode.’
      • ‘That's an overview of the movie with an introduction of the characters and a brief synopsis.’
      • ‘And, finally, an insert in the fold-out case gives brief synopses of all 22 episodes (spoilers included).’
      • ‘From the brief synopses above you'll notice that all the stories are the same: gruff, tough men with soft spots for women go through hell to avenge or save them!’
      • ‘I've read the synopsis of it but I haven't read any spoilers, but now knowing that there is a twist at the end I'm thinking it's fairly obvious.’
      • ‘I read a synopsis of the final episode last night.’
      • ‘In some form or another, I will allow that most of you are very aware of the story, so my synopsis will be most assuredly brief.’

Origin

Early 17th century via late Latin from Greek, from sun- ‘together’ + opsis ‘seeing’.

Pronunciation

synopsis

/sɪˈnɒpsɪs/