One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A summary or overview of a subject.‘five of his works give a rich conspectus of his art’
synopsis, precis, résumé, abstract, abridgement, digest, compendium, condensation, encapsulation, abbreviated versionView synonyms
- ‘There are lots of things it is not, but more relevantly it fulfills the author's intention to produce a conspectus of environmental themes that have necessitated official attention.’
- ‘The Christian conspectus or theatre in the old sense has a happy ending, whether the protagonist triumphs or is damned, because God's justice has been done.’
- ‘These two historians provide an excellent conspectus on the development of manufacturing industry in Argentina up till the mid-1970s.’
- ‘He concludes the volume with a conspectus that draws all these groups into a broad picture of the social environment within which Jesus ministered, taught, was arrested and put to death.’
- ‘To keep things manageable for this short conspectus of my view, I shall restrict myself to bases on which a belief is originally formed.’
- ‘We vote in knowledge, however, not ignorance, knowledge of the larger political conspectus.’
- ‘But to these were added a widening conspectus of secular factual and imaginative literature, that led to the emergence of relatively new forms of publication such as the newspaper, the journal, and the novel.’
- ‘Its aim was to provide ‘a conspectus of the movement that has been termed Expressionism’.’
- ‘All that we have to show for nearly six decades of post-colonial art is a single monumental conspectus: an indispensable, if idiosyncratically argued, overview of art in India from the 1890s to the 1990s.’
- ‘A conspectus of his doctrines is given in the Syntax, which deals mainly with article, pronoun, verb, preposition, and adverb, successively.’
- ‘Thus far, we have seen him presenting images in which the only true sight comes from outside his image, on the part of the discerning viewer, or from the eye of God in omniscient conspectus over the universe of sinful humanity.’
- ‘It forms a fascinating conspectus of a modern saga, the return of the Jews, after inconceivable sufferings, to their ancient homeland.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin, past participle (used as a noun) of conspicere ‘look at attentively’.
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