1 a publication containing a variety of works [syn: collection]
2 a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
- French: recueil , compendium
A compendium is a concise, yet comprehensive compilation of a body of knowledge. A compendium may summarize a larger work. In most cases the body of knowledge will concern some delimited field of human interest or endeavour (for example, hydrogeology, logology, ichthyology, phytosociology, or myrmecology), while a "universal" encyclopedia can be referred to as a compendium of all human knowledge.
The word compendium comes from the Latin word compendere, meaning "to weigh together".
ExamplesAn example of a compendium might be the Oxford English Dictionary project which attempts to be a comprehensive compilation of words in the English language. Other sites on the internet also have directories that could make some claim to this; Google's directory, about.com, etc.
Another example is the recently released Compendium - Catechism of the Catholic Church, a 598 questions and answers concise book which summarises the same set of Catholic Faith and Morals.
compendium in German: Kompendium
compendium in Spanish: Compendio
compendium in Polish: Kompendium
compendium in Portuguese: Compêndio
compendium in Romanian: Compendiu
compendium in Russian: Компендиум (образование)
Baedeker, abbreviation, abbreviature, abrege, abridgment, abstract, brief, capsule, compend, condensation, condensed version, conspectus, digest, draft, enchiridion, epitome, guide, guidebook, head, manual, outline, overview, pandect, precis, review, rubric, shortened version, skeleton, sketch, survey, syllabus, synopsis, thumbnail sketch, topical outline, vade mecum