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What is the definition of synopsis?

The definition of synopsis is a summary of a work’s content, frequently in a point-by-point structure.


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Last Updated May 26, 2023.

In literary contexts, a synopsis is a brief summary of the content of a work of literature. 


The word synopsis comes from Late Latin, where it has the same definition as above, from Greek, where it means “a general/comprehensive view,” from syn (“together”) and opsis (“sight, appearance”).


see: paraphrase

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