abridge abridge  /əb ˈrɪdʒ/


  1. (v) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  2. (v) lessen, diminish, or curtail

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  1. Proponents of abortion argue that anti-abortion laws not only abridge women's rights but abridge them unequally.
  2. No State should make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens.
  3. It is shameful that we are trying to abridge the honor code that so carefully drafted by our founding fathers.


  • KCST’s ‘Complete Works’ doesn’t abridge laughs

    I am slain | Stephan Adamów, left, and Noel Gutierrez-Morfin, both CC ’15, play exaggerated versions of themselves in “The Complete Works of Wiliam Shakespeare (Abridged),” in which a six-person cast races to perform all 37 of the bard’s plays in under two hours, with side-splitting results.
    on October 29, 2013     Source: Columbia Daily Spectator


  1. "We don't need another attorney general who believes that the president enjoys an unwritten right to secretly ignore any law or abridge our constitutional freedoms simply by invoking national security. And we don't need another attorney general who...
    on Oct 30, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: Forbes

  2. "Even the necessary and legitimate struggle around the world against terrorism is used as a pretext to abridge or abrogate fundamental human rights, thereby ceding moral ground to the terrorists and helping them find new recruits," Annan said.
    on Sep 20, 2006 By: Kofi Annan Source: Asia Times Online

  3. Winthrop said that "to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God,: we must be knit together in this work [of building a new society] as one man, we must entertain each other in brotherly affection, we must be willing to abridge ourselves...
    on May 2, 2008 By: John Winthrop Source: WBUR

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